Former Firefighter Suing Old Department Breaks Down On Witness Stand


A woman who said she was the victim of gender discrimination discussed the nick-name her former boss allegedly gave her.

Rachel Peters, a former firefighter with the Orange Township Fire Department, broke down on the stand on Thursday.

Peters said that her fellow firefighters sexually harassed her and then the department fired her last year.

Peters was a rookie firefighter on probation when she said she was harassed. Peters has claimed the harassment happened inside an Orange Township Fire Hall.

In court documents, she claims that a fellow firefighter would use the only female bathroom while she was at work. And, she said, he used another restroom with the door open when she was close by.

On the stand on Thursday, Peters said the lieutenant that gave her the derogatory nick-name fired her for no reason.

“Everything ended right there,” Peters said in court on Thursday. “Everything was ripped out from under me, and they couldn’t give me a reason.”

Orange Township paid nearly $80,000 in legal bills defending the case, which is slated to wrap up next week.

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