Sexual assault lawsuit filed against former Bakersfield fire chiefFebruary 12, 2019
A lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of a woman who alleges that former Bakersfield Fire Chief Douglas Greener sexually assaulted and harassed her.
The plaintiff, a 38-year-old woman who worked at the Bakersfield Fire Department, is suing Greener along with the city of Bakersfield after she alleges she was forced to quit her job after she reported Greener’s behavior, according to the lawsuit.
Greener did not return a call for comment on Wednesday.
The woman said in fall 2017, a few years after she began working for the BFD as an accounting clerk, Greener began taking an interest in her, talking to her in the hallways or at her office.
He then asked if he could have her phone number so he could text her, to which the woman hesitantly agreed, according to the lawsuit.
Around December 2017, the plaintiff said Greener began giving her inappropriate compliments, such as “your legs are killing” and “wear shorter skirts and dresses.” The plaintiff said she also noticed Greener beginning to follow her around.
Court documents allege there were occasions where Greener would pretend to accidentally graze her breast with his hand, as well as intentionally bump into her and push his crotch onto her buttocks and lower back.
The suit says the plaintiff tried to avoid Greener as much as possible. However, Greener allegedly caught onto this and would make up excuses to try to get her to come to his office and would even wait for her outside the restroom.