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  • 11/09/2014
  • Erickson
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http://www.hcn.org/articles/california-women-threaten-to-sue-the-forest-service-again/print_view

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7 Comments
  1. Your name...
    October 7, 2014 Reply

    Yay more settlement agreements and consent decrees

    1. Tree mechanic
      October 28, 2014 Reply

      As long as people do not know how to act, the only recourse is to punish the agency they represent. People have to realize women have a right to not only be firefighters in the usfs, but the right and duty to become leaders in the agency.. It is a constant uphill struggle for women as i have seen for 26 yrs. it is not only women who get a thumb pressed on their career , in short… There needs to be a Capt/BC academy that focuses on the do and donts of being a people manager…. Agencies need to give tools and the workshop for supervisors and managers to properly process personnel. Be it punish or reward… The agency needs to also support their own policies.

  2. SunilR
    October 7, 2014 Reply

    There would be no need for settlement agreements and consent decrees if the behavior described in the previous post didn’t occur. Stuff like that should not happen in the workplace.

  3. nix
    October 7, 2014 Reply

    I don’t think so, this individual has issues , she has alway been in trouble…..she just after money,lots,I believe she will lose again

  4. Frank
    October 12, 2014 Reply

    I absolutely agree that behavior like this cannot be tolerated in the workplace. However you also have to consider the source of the issue, the parties involved, and corrective actions taken along the way. From our standpoint do we know all the facts? Unlikely. On my unit this kind of behavior would be taken care of far before it became an issue of national media precedence. Settlement agreements and the like are not the answer by any means because they ultimately place personnel in positions that they are not always qualified for just to meet some quota thought up by politicians and lawyers. Is that a safe practice for the environment we work in? Absolutely not. Bottom line is this kind of stuff should be correctly dealt with far before it draws the attention of the entire wildland fire community. The vast majority of us just want to go work and do our jobs without this stuff distracting us from the hazardous tasks that we do every day.

  5. Fun
    November 7, 2014 Reply

    At least our news media knows how to dress people up and make them look professional when it comes to issues like this. I am sure there is lots of women out there that don’t want her representing them. I agree if there is a issue then it needs fixed, yes it sad that only about 10% of fire positions in all land management agency’s are women! If people would just do there job and quite looking for an easy way out that might be a good start. I do believe there is benefits that some people do deserve and lots of supervisors don’t accommodate due to there personal beliefs the way it should be.

    Just waiting to see the fireworks….

  6. Your name...
    November 16, 2014 Reply

    Don’t believe everything you read. Being placed back to your OFFICIALLY ASSIGNED duty station in the same capacity after an invalid local detail is discovered is not a demotion, for example.

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