Perreault v. Harmony Fire District / Ferragamo v. Harmony Fire District - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Perreault v. Harmony Fire District / Ferragamo v. Harmony Fire District (2016)

Category: Active Case    Discrimination    Gender Discrimination    Women's Rights    Workplace Rights    

About These Cases:
These are two separate lawsuits on behalf of two female EMT/firefighters who were terminated from their jobs at the Harmony Fire District after they raised concerns about unequal treatment of male and female firefighters. Both women were EMT/firefighters for the Harmony Fire District for more than a decade. Ms. Perreault was terminated in January 2015 for purportedly being “unhappy” with the fire department and Ms. Ferragamo was terminated in August 2015 after raising concerns about gender discrimination. Notably, none of the male firefighters who raised concerns about equal treatment of male and female employees were disciplined or terminated.

Current Status:
Lawsuits successfully settled in November 2019.

ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Lynette Labinger, Sonja Deyoe

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Nov 20, 2019 - Lawsuit Settled Against Harmony Fire District Over Alleged Sex-Discriminatory Firings
  • Nov 21, 2016 - ACLU Sues Fire District Over Sex-Discriminatory Firings
  • Jan 11, 2016 - ACLU Files Second Charge of Sex Discrimination Against Harmony Fire District
  • Nov 12, 2015 - ACLU Charges Harmony Fire District With Sex Discrimination