Fire Agency Pays $335,000 to Settle Claims of Sexism

Updated: Jan 10


The agency that oversees the El Dorado Hills Fire Department agreed to pay $335,000 to settle a suit by a firefighter who alleged that a “culture of sexism” led to rampant sexual harassment and discrimination against her, The Sacramento Bee reported January 2 based on documents obtained through a California Public Records Act request.


LisaMarie Mason, who joined the department in 2007, agreed to the settlement to drop a federal suit filed in 2018. The settlement requires Mason to keep the details of the agreement “strictly confidential” and to refrain from making “defamatory or otherwise injurious statements” about the fire department to current or future employees or pay damages of $10,000 for each violation.


The department denies the allegations, and told The Bee the settlement “will have no impact on the district’s general fund.” (Source: The Sacramento Bee, January 2.)

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