Less than a week after the Berlin Mayor and Council voted to cease all financial aid to its fire department ,citing hostile working conditions and hints of discrimination and harassment, town officials filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit at the heart of the issue.
In May, the town terminated EMS supervisor Norris Phillip Donohue,
Jr. after 23 years on the job after at least two EMS employees filed
formal complaints about alleged workplace harassment and discrimination.
The allegations of harassment and discrimination in the EMS department
of the Berlin Fire Company (BFC) were cited as a primary reason for the
town’s decision last week to pull all funding for the entire fire
company. However, the BFC alleges the town’s decision to defund it was
based on control of the scheduling and operations.