Firefighter Lawsuit Settled after Jury Verdict of $757,000 Thrown Out
A sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed almost five years ago by four female Jackson Mississippi firefighters, Tiffany Alexander, Sandra Hawkins, Jacqueline Moore and Stacy Prophet, who alleged their male supervisors made unwanted advances and inappropriate comments, and groped them was settled yesterday for an undisclosed amount of money. In addition to the financial portion of the settlement, the Jackson Fire Department ("JFD") must institute yearly sensitivity training.
In 2007, a jury awarded the women a total of $757,000 but the Judge citing jury error and misconduct by one of the plaintiff's attorneys, threw out the award in March 2008 and ordered a new trial. The second trial was expected this year.
Prophet said she had dreams of becoming one of the best firefighters, but sexual harassment by male supervisors forced her to leave the departmentProphet, who now resides in Tennessee, said she can now put the Fire Department behind her, according to the ClarionLedger.
The former supervisors named as defendants in the lawsuit were Larry Smith, Howard Taylor, Luther Thompson and Herman Watley. All of the former male supervisors, except one, are no longer employed with the JFD.