El Dorado Hills firefighter accuses chief, male colleagues of rampant sexism, harassment


LisaMarie Mason began her firefighting career with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department in June 2007, the only female in her class.

For the next decade, Mason claims, she endured a workplace where she was denied training that male firefighters were granted and was subjected to a barrage of sexist comments from her superiors.

“This country went wrong when it allowed women to vote,” then-Battalion Chief Dave Roberts allegedly told her, then nicknamed her “Homeplate” when he discovered she was single because “everyone scores.”

“Women should be at home with children, not working at the firehouse,” another chief allegedly said.

Mason, 37, claims she was physically assaulted twice after ...