Orlando Fire Department Chief Roderick Williams resigned Thursday after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined he and two deputy chiefs discriminated against a female employee.
“I regret that during my tenure there have been allegations that have hurt the department and the City of Orlando,” Williams said in a letter submitted Thursday afternoon. “While I categorically deny the allegations against me, I believe the focus of the Orlando Fire Department should be on serving and protecting the residents of Orlando and not on my leadership or my position.”
The EEOC said its investigation determined evidence “supported [the woman’s] allegations that she has been subjected to discriminatory harassment; conduct; and differential treatment by both Deputy Chiefs.” Williams also subjected her to “continuous retaliatory conduct” and sexual harassment, the EEOC said.
The city has not said whether the two deputy chiefs referenced in the investigation will remain in their current positions.