Pennsylvania firefighter claims she was demoted because she's a mom

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  • Published: 09/13/2017 12:00 AM

A female firefighter who claims she was demoted and told to stay home with her young son has filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the Lower Swatara Fire Department. Jessica Etzle contends in the U.S. Middle District Court suit that she was stripped of her post as lieutenant and told by the fire chief in January 2016 that, "'You have a 6-year-old son' and she needed to be home and be a mother to her son." That same day, two male firefighters who also have children were promoted to fill lieutenant posts, including the one she lost, Etzle claims. An attempt to reach fire company President Michael McKillip for comment on the suit was not immediately successful Tuesday morning.


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