A volunteer firefighter from Clinton
has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was
fired because she didn’t show up for work after helping put out a
fire in the overnight hours.
In a complaint in Kennebec County Superior Court, Katherine
Billings says she was let go from the Community Care social
services agency in Skowhegan after calling in sick one morning last
February after working a house fire in Clinton.
The suit claims her dismissal violated a Maine law that protects
volunteer firefighters from discharge or disciplinary action if
they are absent or late for work because of an emergency response
to a fire call. Billings is seeking back pay, compensatory damages
and attorney fees.
Community Care Executive Director Kate Davis said she couldn’t
respond to the allegations because she hadn’t seen the lawsuit.