"Lots of rude comments, derogatory comments," she told CBC News. "Do you like oral sex? What's your favourite sexual position? Things that are very inappropriate."
Car vandalized 3 times
Her car was vandalized three times. She suspects the man who asked her about sex also damaged her car.
Symington said once she spoke up, rumours started circulating that she was "crazy" and lying. On one occasion, she says her managers told her she was booked for a physical. She arrived to find out it was an appointment with a psychologist, one of many "traps" she says her male colleagues set for her.
She went to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, but says they minimized her complaint and ultimately did nothing.
"I don't know what constitutes discrimination [for them]," she said. "These are discriminatory actions and need to be dealt with immediately."
Union wouldn't help her
She said she spoke to her union, the Halifax Professional Firefighters Association (International Association of Firefighters Local 268), but they would not help her. She said they worked with her accuser, but not her.
Symington was a firefighter beginning in 1997 for 18 years.
"The ignoring, not dealing with it, letting it fester, letting it get to the point where things get really bad," Symington said. "They have no concern with that behaviour going on in the workforce."
Symington is part of Equity Watch, a group demanding an inquiry into discrimination against city workers and the lengthy wait for complaints to be resolved.
Mark Furey, the minister responsible for the human rights commission, said he won't order an inquiry.
"I don't believe it's necessary. The transformation of the human rights commission is a significant piece of work going forward," he said.
He said it used to take 700 days to resolve a complaint, but that's down to 180 days. Furey said "a couple of topical matters" from the past were in the news lately, but he thinks the commission is doing good work today.
HRM spokesperson Nick Ritcey said the municipality didn't want to talk about the call for an inquiry.