HFD firefighter Jane Draycott returns to work, one week after suing city

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by Alex Sanz / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 10 at 11:39 AM

HOUSTON—Houston firefighter Jane Draycott returned to work at Fire Station 54 Monday morning, one week after suing the City of Houston over allegations of sexual harassment.

Joe Ahmad, Draycott’s attorney, said Draycott was cautiously optimistic about her return to work.

"So far, so good," he said, moments after he visited with Draycott.

Draycott had been on paid administrative leave since last summer when she and another female firefighter said they found graffiti scrawled on their station lockers.

In January, Draycott tried to return to Station 54, but left after a captain read a letter during roll call that said she wasn’t to be trusted.

Several firefighters from the fire station near Bush Intercontinental Airport have since been reassigned, while the Office of Inspector General continues a months-long investigation into the allegations.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, a vocal critic of the department’s handling of the allegations, said last week that the culture at the fire department had to change.

"I’m looking for new leadership in the department and a new attitude," she said. "You can never be afraid to speak the truth."

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