Dallas' Fire Houses Are Much More Woman-Friendly Nowadays, DFR Swears

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"No ladies allowed!" they used to say, back in the salad days of descrimination.
Dallas Fire-Rescue has not, judging by the lawsuits, always been the best place to work if you're a woman. A for instance: way back, oh, three years ago, one might have found semen in one's coffee cup. But the department's working to change that, making considerable progress, in fact, DFR's equal opportunity employment manager reported to City Council members Monday.

Sherry Durant told council members that, even as the trio of sexual harassment lawsuits made headlines in 2009, the department was working toward improving its work environment. It had updated its sexual harassment policy and put in place an EEO compliance program in 2008. A women's conference followed in January 2009, then an EEO hotline, then, later that year, a round of workplace audits that are now an annual thing.

The audits are thorough, Durant said, covering every area of a fire house. This means checking everything from the firehouse's entertainment area (family-friendly comedies and adventure movies are OK. Hardcore pornography is not) to the sleeping quarters and lockers (Posters of Tom Brady dropping back to pass are a go, Gisele Bundchen in her skivvies, not so much).

The audits and other measures have significantly reduced claims of sexual harassment. The number of grievances dropped from seven in 2009 to two in 2011. Its women problem solved, DFR is now refocusing its efforts on gays and lesbians. New employees have received LGBT-sensitivity training since 2004. The first batch of veterans are scheduled to take the class in July. By April 5, 2013, all 1,248 employees who have yet to take training will have received it.


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8 comments
Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Kim, all the MORON's that have posted here would not make a pimple on a real gentlemans ASS, for their ass seems to be in constant motion between their nose and chin, with it being fed by the SHIT they call brain matter..

Steve
Steve

How can they slide down that pole when they always on they period?

rukiddingme
rukiddingme

And I can personally point to two lady DFD firefighters that have NO MORALS that I wouldn't trust to blow out a match for me.  Listen ladies, go print up another DFD women's firefighter calendar in your bikini's, in the name of charity of course, which is totally self serving their inflated ego's, and then bitch that you are sexaully harrassed.  These two ladies harrassed my family until I had to put a stop to it short of filing a formal complaint.

Jen
Jen

Real men don't act like effing pigs in front of women. And I can personally point to two lady DFD firefighters who fully hold their own and who I'd trust backing up my husband in a fire anyday.

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

Because women are genetically incapable of fire fighting, of course.  Move on, moron. I'm more concerned about my life being in the hands of someone who's maturity level is such that they think it is funny to leave semen in a collegue's coffee cup.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Cool. So now people are going to die in a fire because some woman gets a real man fired for "sexual harassment." Why can't women just start their own damn fire department if they want to play firefighter so badly?

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