- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A federal judge has awarded nearly $184,000 in attorneys’ fees to a former Rhode Island firefighter who won an $806,000 verdict against Providence and its fire department in a sexual harassment suit.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/2fBOsRA ) reports that the judge on Monday issued an order awarding legal costs to retired Providence firefighter Lt. Lori Franchina.

Franchina had won the verdict in April. A judge later overturned $100,000 in punitive damages.

She filed suit in 2012, accusing her male colleagues of harassing and discriminating against her because she’s a woman and a lesbian. She said she developed severe post-traumatic stress disorder because of the constant mistreatment and alleged the city failed to stop it.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city intends to appeal.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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