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NOV 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | NOVEMBER 2018 27 3. Green J. Firefighter sues San Bruno over alleged sexual harassment. San Jose Mercury-News, 2018 Jun 28; www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/28/firefighter-sues-san-bruno-over-alleged- sexual-harassment/. 4. Winkley L. San Diego fire captain lawsuit alleges years of sexual harassment. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2018 May 1; www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-fire-captain- harassment-20180501-story.html. 5. Binion A. South Kitsap Fire sued for sexual harassment. KING K5 News, 2018 Mar 12; www. king5.com/article/news/local/south-kitsap-fire-sued-for-sexual-harassment/281-527759504. 6. Borowy S, Felton J. Fenton Twp Fire Chief facing allegations of sexual harassment from firefighters. WNEM, 2018 Jul 27; www.wnem.com/news/fenton-twp-fire-chief-facing-allegations- of-sexual-harassment-from/article_11685cbd-104b-54c4-8975-0430a21b6ca2.html. 7. Mitchell K. Female firefighter sues Colorado River Fire Rescue for sexual harassment. Denver Post, 2018 Feb 27; www.denverpost.com/2018/02/27/female-firefighter-sues-colorado-river-fire- rescue-sexual-harassment/. 8. Ray P. Stockton EMT accused of raping student who sought his help: lawsuit. Trentonian, 2018 Jul 29; www.trentonian.com/news/stockton-emt-accused-of-raping-student-who-sought-his-help/ article_a2eabb0c-5e9d-5861-9aa1-a501de9183bc.html. 9. American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU Charges Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department With Retaliation, www.aclu.org/news/aclu-charges-fairfax-county-fire-and-rescue-department-retaliation. 10. McCoppin R, Lourgos AL, Fabbre A. As Joliet hires 1st female firefighter, women still fight for equality: 'We're presumed incompetent'. Chicago Tribune, 2018 Apr 24; www.chicagotribune.com/ news/local/breaking/ct-met-female-firefighters-20180423-story.html. 11. Booth C, International Association of Fire Chiefs. Successful Start for IAFC Women Fire Chiefs Council, www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2017/06/13/successful-start-for-iafc-women-fire-chief- council. 12. Cannon Courier. Lawsuit claims sexual harassment at EMS, 2017 Jun 20; www.cannoncourier. com/lawsuit-claims-sexual-harassment-at-ems-cms-16634. 13. Peek K. Former Boyle EMS worker sues for sexual harassment, discrimination. Advocate- Messenger, 2017 Mar 14; www.amnews.com/2017/03/14/former-boyle-ems-worker-sues-for- sexual-harassment-discrimination/. 14. Kocher G. Lawsuit alleges Jessamine EMS director raped employee, engaged in pattern of sexual harassment. Lexington Herald-Leader, 2014 Feb 21; www.kentucky.com/news/local/ counties/jessamine-county/article44472969.html. 15. Leagle. Morningstar v. Circleville Fire & EMS Department. Case No. 2:15-cv-3077, www.leagle. com/decision/infdco20180319944. 16. Collins S. Circleville Fire Chief Retires. Circleville Herald, 2018 Aug 31; www.circlevilleherald. com/news/circleville-fire-chief-retires/article_b423aa24-f172-5540-bc65-009e5db4d0f6.html. 17. Society for Human Resource Management. EEO: Sexual Harassment: What are the different types of sexual harassment? www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/hr-qa/pages/ typesofsexualharassment.aspx. 18. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Questions and Answers for Small Employers on Employer Liability for Harassment by Supervisors, www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/harassment-facts. html. ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Erich is the senior editor for EMS World. Reach him at john.erich@emsworld.com. Preparation Through Simulation Supervisor SimLabs are a novel way to train for delicate situations like sexual harassment reports In all levels of healthcare and public safety, we stress the impor- tance of regular training and practical education. However, EMS is notorious for not training or preparing our leaders for the critical roles they hold. The skills needed to be a great field provider are not necessarily predictive of leadership competency or success. The EMS Supervisor SimLab is a program developed specifically to educate and train EMS leaders. Like patient care simulation, the SimLab is a practical learning environment in which EMS supervi- sors and managers are challenged to tackle real-life ambulance service personnel and operational issues. The participants are provided with fact-based scenarios during the workshop and par- ticipate in practical skills exercises that require they analyze each fact pattern, create a plan, and take supervisory action. The EMS Supervisor SimLab is facilitated by a pair of EMS attor- neys, Scott Moore and Brian Werfel, who weave the relevant legal standards and their extensive EMS backgrounds into a practical EMS supervisory learning experience. They guide the discussion and exercises with participants, challenging common practices and highlighting the most strategic investigative procedures and techniques. The SimLab provides supervisors with skills and strat- egies they can immediately implement upon returning to their agency. Sexual Harassment Over the last 16 months, we have conducted numerous SimLabs tackling an issue that has received a great deal of focus from the media and regulatory agencies: sexual harassment. Sexual harass- ment remains a significant problem in the American workplace. Despite 40 years of antiharassment legislation and employer education, there has been little real progress made at preventing it. The EMS Supervisor SimLab brings an actual EMS-based sexual harassment scenario to these supervisors and managers to guide them to the appropriate response to a #MeToo-type incident in their organization. The SimLab teaches attendees how to recognize and respond to all types of harassment in an EMS workplace. During this practical exercise, supervisors respond to a harassment complaint, conduct an investigation, interview the complainant and accused, and collect and weigh the credibility of the evidence. Finally we walk through how to draft an accurate and legally defensible investiga- tive report. Since January of this year, more than 125 pieces of antiharass- ment legislation have been filed around the country. Many states are enacting stricter standards for supervisor education as it relates to sexual and other forms of harassment. The SimLab assists employers with preventing and responding to sexual harassment in an EMS workplace. The simulated educational experience ensures frontline supervisors receive an interactive and scenario-based understanding of the critical role they play in preventing and reducing harassment in the workplace. The best way to predict how your supervisors and managers will act when faced with a difficult and legally complicated situations is to train early and often. Scott A. Moore, Esq., is the principal for EMS Resource Advisors, LLC, a full-service human resources and leadership-development consulting firm in Topsfield, Mass. He is a licensed attorney special- izing in human resources, employment, and labor law and spent more than 28 years in EMS. Contact him at smoore@emsresourceadvisors.com.

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