Five paramedics with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) are suing the city seeking redress from its “illegal conduct, including the implementation of proper sexual harassment training and the enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy against workplace violence and sexual harassment so they may continue their careers at CFD and prevent other females from experiencing this trauma.”

The lawsuit claims an assistant district attorney found emails sent by colleagues that contained racist and sexist memes. She says she was demoted in retaliation after complaining about it. According to the complaint, now-jailed District Attorney R. Seth Williams told her at the time that he was a “recovering sexist” himself and that the employees who sent the emails could be rehabilitated.