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NJ Volunteer Fire Department Accused of Sexual Harassment

1 day 4 hours ago
A New Jersey volunteer fire department, its fire chief and two other officers are facing sexual harassment allegations in a lawsuit filed by a female volunteer. Priya Gupta filed suit against the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department and three of its officers.
Curt Varone

Arkansas Firefighter Alleges His Termination Was Due to Autism

3 days 4 hours ago
A Little Rock firefighter who was terminated last December after just six months on the job, has filed suit claiming disability discrimination associated with his autism. Austin Williams filed suit against the city of Little Rock claiming a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Curt Varone

Thirty Jacksonville Firefighters Challenge Clean Shaven Requirement

1 week 1 day ago
Thirty Jacksonville, Florida firefighters have filed suit claiming the department’s policy that SCBA qualified firefighters be clean-shaven discriminates against them on the basis of their race and disability. All thirty are African American firefighters who suffer from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae.
Curt Varone

North Carolina Division Chief Files Sexual Harassment Suit

1 week 2 days ago
A North Carolina division chief who retired earlier this year, has filed suit alleging she had been sexually harassed and discriminated against. Division Chief Joy Ponder filed suit in US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against the City of Ashville.
Curt Varone

Race Discrimination Settlement Subject to Bankruptcy Claims

1 week 4 days ago
There are many parts of the law that impact firefighters. A decision handed down last Friday by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida shows that even bankruptcy law has a role to play. The story begins with a Jacksonville firefighter, Terrance Holmes, who filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy in 2014.
Curt Varone

Oregon Hospital Sues Fire Department Over Bills for EMS Transports

2 weeks 2 days ago
The St. Charles Health System has filed suit against the La Pine Fire District contending that an ordinance assigning financial responsibility for inter-facility EMS transports to the hospital is unconstitutional. St. Charles operates a hospital in Bend, as well as several medical facilities in Deschutes County.
Curt Varone

Palm Beach County Social Media Policy and Discipline Upheld

2 weeks 3 days ago
A lawsuit challenging the validity of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s social media policy, together with the discipline imposed on two captains, has been dismissed for the second time. Captain AJ O’Laughlin and Captain Crystal Little filed suit in state court last year claiming their social media-related discipline should be overturned, and that the social media policy violated the First Amendment.
Curt Varone

Iowa Firefighter Sues Claiming Sexual Harassment

2 weeks 4 days ago
A female firefighter in Dubuque, Iowa has filed suit accusing the department of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. Jami Boss filed suit in Dubuque County District Court claiming violations of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Curt Varone

Texas Firefighter Charged In Connection With Death of Colleague

3 weeks ago
A Texas firefighter has been charged with murder following the death of another member of his department at a campground in Pueblo County, Colorado. Evan Gaw, a firefighter/EMT with Odessa Fire Rescue, has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of Michael Mack Wednesday evening.
Curt Varone

Former Firefighter Arrested for Burglarizing Former Firehouse

3 weeks 1 day ago
A former Texas firefighter who was sentenced to ten years in prison for arson, has been charged with burglarizing his former firehouse months after his release on parole. Kyle Harmon was arrested yesterday after he was observed on security video entering the Cameron Gardens firehouse on two occasions and taking fuel.
Curt Varone

Female FDNY EMT Claims Gender Discrimination By Female Chief

3 weeks 3 days ago
An FDNY EMT has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit accusing a female deputy chief of going on a campaign to damage her career. Margot Loth filed suit on Saturday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit claims that Deputy Chief Donna Tiberi engaged in repeated acts of discrimination against Loth.
Curt Varone

Connecticut Suit Over Merit Promotional Testing to Proceed

4 weeks ago
A lawsuit brought by four Stamford, Connecticut firefighters challenging changes to the city’s promotional process, will proceed over the objection of the city. Lieutenants Kevin Dingle and Bruce Wagoner, along with firefighters Robert Pickering and Brian Whitbread filed suit last year naming the city of Stamford and several city administrators as defendants.
Curt Varone
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