Friday, March 28, 2008

CAL FIRE News: Sexual discrimination lawsuit filed

Sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by former SLO County Cal Fire employee settled

A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a Cal Fire employee formerly working in San Luis Obispo County has been settled.

Brandlyn LeAnn Cox sued the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention for sexual discrimination, retaliation, conspiracy to retaliate and emotional distress. She was seeking an unlimited amount of compensation in the lawsuit that was filed on May 31 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

The case was settled Jan. 28 and officially dismissed Feb. 13, according to court records.

Cox, who had worked for Cal Fire, then called the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection, as a secretary in San Luis Obispo County is no longer employed there, according to Cal Fire officials.

She had alleged in the lawsuit that she was retaliated against and passed over for promotions after complaining about a supervisor who allegedly made derogatory remarks about her based on her gender.

Details of the settlement were unavailable Thursday. Cox’s attorney Alison Brenneman declined to comment on the settlement, saying she did not remember if the agreement was confidential.

A phone call to Cox on Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.

Source:—Leslie Parrilla

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