TAMPA — Drivers on the Veterans Expressway will gain an extra lane from Gunn Highway to Hillsborough Avenue starting Saturday.
But there's a catch: Once drivers enter the lane, they won't be able to leave it — not until a designated exit about six miles later.
TAMPA — A jury awarded a former firefighter $245,000 in damages Thursday, deciding she had proved two allegations in her federal lawsuit against the city of Tampa: That she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and the city retaliated against her when she complained.
But on the third allegation, the seven-person jury did not find that the city discriminated against Tanja Vidovic because of her gender. ...
TAMPA — A federal court case that stretched well into its fourth week is now in the hands of jurors, who will decide whether or not a former female firefighter was discriminated and retaliated against while at Tampa Fire Rescue.
The seven-person jury, comprised of four women and three men, listened to 13 days of testimony about Tanja Vidovic's experiences at the agency. Vidovic sued the City of Tampa for discrimination based on gender and pregnancy, and for retaliation after filling an EEOC complaint alleging, amongst other things, that multiple captains had asked her for sex....
TAMPA — The men who worked with the female firefighter suing the City of Tampa for discrimination testified in court Tuesday they were uncomfortable working with her and saw her performance drop during her pregnancy.
Tampa Fire Rescue Firefighter Andre Williams, who was stationed with Tanja Vidovic for about two years, said that prior to her pregnancy he would vouch for her abilities as a fire fighter....
TAMPA — A federal judge hopes Tuesday will be the last day of testimony in a firefighter's discrimination and retaliation case against the City of Tampa that is now in its fourth week of trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich encouraged attorneys for both sides to wrap up their case on Tuesday. That would allow attorneys to make their closing arguments Wednesday, before the case is handed over to the seven-person jury....
TAMPA — Tampa fire Chief Thomas Forward told a federal court Monday that he chose not to promote a female firefighter to driver engineer while she was pregnant, wanting instead to wait until after she returned to work several months after giving birth.
Forward was on the witness stand for a majority of the day, answering questions about how he handled promotions, discipline and interactions with the media as part of a discrimination trial in U.S. District Court. Former firefighter Tanja Vidovic sued the city of Tampa, saying she was discriminated against based on her gender and pregnancy and that she was retaliated against after complaining, including being skipped for a promotion....
TAMPA — A Tampa Fire Rescue captain accused of harassing the female firefighter suing the city for discrimination and retaliation said Thursday that he never asked her for sex — and instead countered that she was the one who made inappropriate comments
Chris Shepherd was one of four witnesses called by the city of Tampa during the defense's first day presenting its side of the case in U.S. District Court....
TAMPA — The female firefighter suing the city of Tampa for discrimination could not name who was harassing her when asked to identify those co-workers by the firefighters union.
Tom Gonzalez, the city's attorney, questioned former firefighter Tanja Vidovic in federal court Tuesday in an effort to poke holes in her reports that she was discriminated against based on her gender and pregnancy and that she was retaliated against after complaining....
TAMPA — The firefighter suing the city of Tampa for discrimination took the stand for the first time Tuesday, telling the courtroom how other firefighters slammed the door in her face, refused to let her pump breast milk and propositioned her for sex.
Tanja Vidovic told a judge and seven jurors at a discrimination trial in U.S. District Court that she did not want to file formal complaints because she "didn't want to be seen as a complainer." She said she was afraid of retaliation if she did speak up. Several of the people who harassed her, she said, were the people to whom she was supposed to report such activity....
Tampa Fire Rescue says pregnant firefighter insisted on working in the field much longer than others11/16/17Civil
TAMPA — Tampa Fire Rescue had never before had a firefighter in her third trimester of pregnancy who could get called into a hazardous situation at any moment.
Former Personnel Chief Jace Kohan told a judge and seven jurors Thursday at a sex discrimination trial in U.S. District Court that Tanja Vidovic insisted on working in the field much longer than other pregnant firefighters before her. ...
TAMPA — In August 2015, a firefighter broke protocol and went outside his chain of command to email then Division Chief Jace Kohan.
In a regimented organization like Tampa Fire Rescue, chain of command is part of daily operations. But Kohan told a judge and seven-person jury Wednesday that firefighter Mark Pattison wasn't reprimanded for his email, or even scolded.
Two months later, he was promoted. ...
TAMPA — The highest ranking woman in the history of Tampa Fire Rescue said Tuesday that she has been peeped on while showering. She said it in front of a judge and seven jurors at a sex discrimination trial in U.S. District Court, while describing the perils of a shared workplace bathroom.
"The biggest struggle is when you're the only female and there's a bunch of men," Division Chief Susan Tamme testified at a former colleague's lawsuit against the city of Tampa. "One gender is going to get to use the restroom first and the other person is going to wait and hold it."...
11/10/17 Mass Transit
Still waiting for the Cross Bay Ferry to return? It's going to be a while — say, 2018 at the earliest.
The ferry's supporters, most notably St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, had hoped to bring the boat back for another season after the first six-month trial run ended in April.
But lack of regional cooperation and funding, the same things that routinely bedevil Tampa Bay's transportation system, stymied those efforts. In the end, there wasn't enough support from local governments — and by support, that means money — to run it again this year....
TAMPA — Katharine Eagan, the leader of Hillsborough County's transit agency, is leaving the job just a month after implementing a widespread overhaul of the county's bus network.
She will take over as CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny, Pa., which provides public transportation in the Pittsburgh area. Her last day at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will be Jan. 5....
ST. PETERSBURG — Realtor Brandi Gabbard will replace term-limited Jim Kennedy on the City Council, after defeating Barclay Harless by a substantial margin Tuesday.
Gabbard beat Harless with 61 percent of the vote, wining by 12,519 votes. That was the preliminary result of all 92 precincts, early voting and partial mail ballots.
The two first time candidates are both Democrats with ties in the community. Gabbard has been active in the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the local realtor trade organization while Harless was state policy chair for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Pinellas Charter Review....