Cincinnati Fire Chief Michael Washington Fired for Workplace Culture That City Manager Calls 'Unwelcome to Women'

A third-party organization tasked with gender-based training at the fire department said Washington rushed and misrepresented the training to staff.

By Madeline Fening

Cincinnati’s fire chief, Michael Washington, has been fired from the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) for allegedly creating a workplace culture that is “unwelcome to women,” city manager Sheryl Long’s office announced March 24. According to a press release, Long said the city’s administration and fire department will work to pursue “long-term, sustainable workplace culture change."

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