Michigan Lieutenant Alleges Race Discrimination
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by Curt Varone
7h 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 ..read more
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Fire Officer Overtime – Fire Law VLOG
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by Curt Varone
7h 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 ..read more
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Four NY Fire Departments Not Liable For Housefire
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by Curt Varone
4d 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 ..read more
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Indiana Firefighter’s Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Rejected
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by Curt Varone
5d 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 ..read more
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More Fallout From EMS Related Deaths: Chicago and Memphis
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by Curt Varone
5d 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 ..read more
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FDNY EMT Accuses EMS Chief of Sexual Harassment
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by Curt Varone
1w 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 ..read more
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Fire Law Roundup for January 23, 2023
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by Curt Varone
1w 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 ..read more
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Washington Stroke Victim Sues Fire and Police Departments
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by Curt Varone
1w 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 ..read more
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Former Texas Chief Files Discrimination Suit
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by Curt Varone
1w 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 ..read more
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Firefighters in Texas and Illinois Facing Child Porn Charges
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by Curt Varone
1w ago
Two fire departments in different states are dealing with unrelated cases of firefighters being charged with child pornography-related offenses. In Dallas, driver-engineer Jesse McFall is facing a felony charge of possession of child pornography ..read more
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