Pritchard added that despite the harassment she faced, she saw her male colleagues participate in similar behavior — she showed Vice multiple photos of male firefighters from her former department posing shirtless on social media.
“It’s just really, really hypocritical,” she told Vice. “It just sucks, because you see firefighters out here with these sexy firefighter calendars, and if females did that, they would literally be like, beaten to death.”
According to Pritchard’s lawsuit, she was ultimately fired after being asked to remove several photos of her in her firefighter uniform, as her bosses said it blurred the line between her work and her personal brand. However, the 27-year-old told Vice that a lawyer told her she didn’t need to remove the photos, as her department did not have any sort of standard social media policy.