BERLIN, MD – Allegations of harassment (regarding race, sex, and perceived sexual orientation) have just cost the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company $600,000 in funding from the Town of Berlin. If true, the allegations could cost the fire company far more. The potential liability, if one or more of the claimants successfully sues the fire company, could impact the town’s fire service for years to come.
The Daily Time’s Charlene Sharpe outline the charges which have led Berlin mayor Gee Williams and the town council to strip the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company of town funding. In an op-ed, the DT chastises the fire company and its members.
Legal action is moving forward. Time will tell to what extent the fire company, and the town, will be negatively impacted.