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Firefighter files harassment, discrimination complaint against Sparks department
by Sarah Cooper
Oct 13, 2009 | 5143 views | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Sparks firefighter has taken a complaint against his employer to court.

An Oct. 8 lawsuit filed by Stephan Haase against the city of Sparks claims he was the victim of harassment and workplace discrimination. He claims the poor treatment was in retaliation for leaking information to the media in 2007 about an alleged child endagerer, who also worked for the Sparks Fire Department.

Since then, Haase claims he has been the target of disciplinary letters, interrogations, threats of termination, intimidation and being passed over for promotions.

Haase claims that his communication with the media was a matter of free expression protected under his First Amendment rights.

Sparks assistant city attorney Shirle Eiting acknowledged that they had been served with the compliant and the office was preparing a response. However, the office declined further comment on the litigation.

According to Haase’s lawyer, Jeffrey Dickerson, the firefighter is a member of the local firefighter’s union.

“We want the harassment to stop so that he can get on with his career,” Dickerson said. “He hopes to get a fair playing field. And we hope to teach public employers that … they cannot create a hostile working environment.”

This is the first suit that either Haase or Dickerson has brought against the Sparks Fire Department.

The firefighter, Mark Rumble, was charged with child endangerment and retired from the Sparks Fire Department in early September. The charges were eventually dropped.
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October 15, 2009
What a rat ba$tard. He narcs out a fellow fire fighter and tries to hide from it. Then, when he is found out, he whines discrimination. This loser will spend lots of time and money to live up to his reputation as a snitching little loser.
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