Sex discrimination case of woman firefighter settled out of court

A woman fire-fighter has won an out-of-court settlement in a sex discrimination case, claiming that she suffered years of abuse.

Kate Ellis, who was the only female crew member at Kingsclere Fire Station in Hampshire, claimed she was ‘singled out and isolated’.

Ellis, who told the BBC she fulfilled a childhood dream when she joined the fire service, said that managers failed to listen to her concerns.

She has since left the service and begun working for the NHS.

The settlement was reached on the second day of a 12-day tribunal in Reading. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The claim for sex discrimination, sexual harassment and constructive unfair dismissal from a former employee was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the claimant and the service.”

The service refused to disclose details of the settlement, referring to it as ‘a private matter’.

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