Houston TX sexual harassment: Female Houston fire fighter files harassment suit

Legal news for Texas employment attorneys. A Houston fire fighter claims she was a victim of sexual harassment while on the job.

Texas employment attorneys alert- Houston fire fighter, Jane Draycott, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city of Houston.

Houston, TX— A female Houston fire fighter filed a harassment lawsuit against the city of Houston, in which she claims she the victim of repeated unwanted sexual advances and harassment. The plaintiff says the sexual harassment began in July 2009 at Station 54, after finding her locker vandalized, as reported by KHOU.

Jane Draycott filed the lawsuit on Monday, April 12, 2010, which alleges years of sexual harassment. In 2009, Draycott and a fellow firefighter, Paula Keyes, say they found their lockers vandalized with scribbles of racist and sexist graffiti at Station 54. The lawsuit states, “Draycott has long suffered harassment at the hands of HFD because of her gender. Yet each time she complained of harassment, she was retaliated against for complaining.” She asserts she was the victim of repeated unwanted sexual advances by fellow fire fighters.

Since the incident, the HFD Chief Phil Boriskie resigned and two Station 54 captains were transferred. Several firefighters from Station 54 have also since been reassigned.

Draycott has been on leave ever since the incidents and declined to return after filing the lawsuit. In January, Draycott tried to return to work at Station 54, but left after a captain read a letter during roll call that implied she couldn’t be trusted.

The suit is seeking unspecified damages.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Texas employment lawyers.