PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision in favor of a former Rhode Island firefighter who said she suffered years of sexual harassment and gender discrimination by her colleagues.
A three judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected an appeal by the city of Providence Thursday.
Retired Providence fire Lt. Lori Franchina sued the city in 2012, saying she was repeatedly called names and mistreated on the job because she’s a woman and a lesbian. A jury awarded her $800,000, plus attorney fees.
The 1st Circuit judges called the treatment of Franchina “nothing short of abhorrent.”
A city spokesman says Thursday’s ruling won’t be appealed. He says the city remains committed to maintaining a workplace that’s free from harassment and discrimination.