Gender discrimination complaint filed against Muskogee Fire Department

Wednesday, April 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Muskogee Fire Department is feeling the heat. That is because a female firefighter has filed a gender discrimination complaint against some of her co-workers.

Amy McKinney is the first female firefighter in the city's history. She says she's being treated differently because she's a woman. McKinney was third out of more than a dozen trainees in her physical tests, but she told her mom there have been remarks that imply she can't do the job. Her mother says there was one incident where neither her daughter or a male colleague could open a fire hydrant. McKinney's mother, Carmen McKinney, "When she couldn't open up a plug, the driver tried to open it up and he couldn't get it open. But that's not what was said, they just said, well she can't do her job because she can't open up a plug."

The city's personnel director is interviewing all the people involved, and says he'll have a recommendation next week.