Orland firefighter alleges sex discrimination

     

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ORLAND PARK, IL

A veteran firefighter has filed a complaint against the Orland Fire Protection District alleging that her gender made her a target for discrimination and retaliation in the department.

Lt. Terri Simone-Lorenz, one of few women among the district's more than 100 firefighters, alleges in a six-count complaint that she has dealt with gender discrimination and a hostile work environment for most of her employment with the Fire District.

The district's attorney, James Roche, said Wednesday that it "vehemently denies the allegations contained in the complaint and looks forward to our day in court."

The amended complaint was filed this week as part of a lawsuit in Cook County court. The suit, filed in October, names several members of the district's command staff, including Battalion Chief Raymond Kay.

Kay served as acting fire chief for more than a year after pornography was found on a district computer, which led to an investigation of former Fire Chief Bryant Krizik. Krizik retired in 2011 and maintained he was not guilty of any wrongdoing.

The complaint amended Tuesday alleges pornographic materials were left in the women's bathroom, and derogatory comments and sexual rumors about Simone-Lorenz were circulated.

"She has complained on numerous occasions," said her attorney Dana Kurtz. "The district has done nothing in response, has done no investigation into any of the conduct or taken any steps to remedy it."

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