Volunteer Firefighter Files Suit 

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.