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Former Florida Firefighter Convicted of Wire Fraud

1 day 9 hours ago
A former Palm Beach County firefighter has been convicted of fraudulently misappropriating $158,960 from a charity that helps folks who have cystic fibrosis. Elizabeth Genna Suarez, 34, was convicted of three counts of wire fraud yesterday by a federal court jury.
Curt Varone

KCK Firefighter Alleges Race Discrimination and Retaliation

2 days 11 hours ago
A 20-year veteran Kansas City, Kansas firefighter has filed suit claiming he was the victim of race discrimination and retaliation. Leejamahl A. Washington alleges he was subjected to racial hostilities throughout much of his career, but conditions worsened after he testified in support of Jyan Harris. Harris won a $2.3 million case in 2021.
Curt Varone

Minnesota Fire Department Facing Age Discrimination Suit

3 days 10 hours ago
An administrative services manager for the Rochester (MN) Fire Department has filed suit alleging age discrimination. Curtis Pronk filed suit last month claiming he was forced to resign effective August 31, 2021 to avoid his position being downgraded to a lower paying position.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for January 30, 2023

4 days 16 hours ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for January 30, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a race discrimination lawsuit filed by a paid-on-call lieutenant in Michigan; a ruling by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division that four fire departments sued by a homeowner after a fire cannot be held liable for negligence because they ...
Curt Varone

Michigan Lieutenant Alleges Race Discrimination

5 days 10 hours ago
A paid-on-call lieutenant in Michigan has filed suit claiming his fire department discriminated against him on account of his race. Lieutenant Gary Reid alleges that the Farmington Hills Fire Department changed the requirements for promotion and transferred him to prevent him from promoting.
Curt Varone

Fire Officer Overtime – Fire Law VLOG

5 days 18 hours ago
In this edition of Fire Law VLOG, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss three recent settlements involving fire officers and overtime. The three settlements involve lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) – and in particular whether these officers are hourly employees entitled to overtime, or exempt employees who are not entitled to overtime. ...
Curt Varone

Four NY Fire Departments Not Liable For Housefire

1 week 1 day ago
The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has ruled that four fire departments sued by a homeowner after a fire cannot be held liable for negligence because they did not owe the homeowner a special duty. Franciszek C. Kulon filed suit against the Neversink Fire Department, Liberty Fire District, Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, and Grahamsville Volunteer Fire Department claiming they were negligent when they responded to a fire in his home.
Curt Varone

Indiana Firefighter’s Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Rejected

1 week 2 days ago
An Indiana firefighter who was demoted for disobeying orders related to rumor-spreading about a subordinate’s sexual preferences, has lost his lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation due to his race, disability, age and use of FMLA leave. Brad Collier brought the action against the City of New Albany.
Curt Varone

More Fallout From EMS Related Deaths: Chicago and Memphis

1 week 3 days ago
In the aftermath of murder charges against two Illinois medics, two more stories are in the news related to the deaths of patients. In Chicago, a fire department paramedic has been terminated and a second suspended following an investigation into the death of a man last summer.
Curt Varone

FDNY EMT Accuses EMS Chief of Sexual Harassment

1 week 4 days ago
An EMT with FDNY has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming a high-ranking chief pursued her, and then retaliated against her when she reported his harassment. Gina Bellido filed suit against FDNY and EMS Deputy Assistant Chief Roberto Colon in US District Court.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for January 23, 2023

1 week 4 days ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for January 23, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who suffered a stroke, but was mistaken for being under the influence; a discrimination lawsuit filed by an assistant chief in Texas who was terminated; two cases of firefighters facing child ...
Curt Varone

Washington Stroke Victim Sues Fire and Police Departments

1 week 5 days ago
The family of a woman who was arrested for DUI following three accidents has filed suit against the local police and fire departments who concluded she was intoxicated. Jane Carhuff, 55, was driving herself to the doctor on November 11, 2019 when the accidents occurred.
Curt Varone

Former Texas Chief Files Discrimination Suit

2 weeks 1 day ago
An assistant chief in Texas who was terminated in 2021 has filed suit alleging gender discrimination. Assistant Chief/Director of Communications Elisa Noriega filed suit today naming the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department and Montgomery County ESD No. 10 as defendants.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for January 16, 2023

2 weeks 4 days ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for January 16, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a decision by the Supreme Court of Washington that the public duty doctrine, only applies to statutorily created duties, not common law duties;  a decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has held that a fire ...
Curt Varone
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