A volunteer firefighter from Clinton has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was fired because she didn't show up for work after helping put out a fire in the overnight hours.

In a complaint in Kennebec County Superior Court, Katherine Billings says she was let go from the Community Care social services agency in Skowhegan after calling in sick one morning last February after working a house fire in Clinton.

The suit claims her dismissal violated a Maine law that protects volunteer firefighters from discharge or disciplinary action if they are absent or late for work because of an emergency response to a fire call. Billings is seeking back pay, compensatory damages and attorney fees.

Community Care Executive Director Kate Davis said she couldn't respond to the allegations because she hadn't seen the lawsuit.