Legal

Amsterdam Firefighters Believed To Be Behind Death Threats To Fire Chief

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:29
Prosecutors in the Netherlands are investigating death threats that have been made against the fire chief in Amsterdam. Leen Schaap, a former police chief who was brought in as fire chief to address some serious cultural problems within the Amsterdam Fire Department.
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Chicago Fire Settles Pregnancy and Nursing Mothers Lawsuit

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:38
The City of Chicago has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a fire department paramedic over how she was treated during her pregnancy and while nursing. Sarah Spriesch filed suit last year accusing the Chicago Fire Department of pregnancy discrimination under state and federal law, sex discrimination under state and federal law, and violation of the Nursing Mother’s Act.
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Rural Metro Sued in Arizona Heat Stroke Death

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 19:24
The estate of a man who died last year from heat stroke in Arizona has filed suit against the sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded to his emergency. David Cutler, 23, died after his jeep crashed and caught fire in the desert. Cutler survived the crash and was found hours later wandering in the desert by Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies.
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San Luis Obispo FLSA Settlement Calls For $3k In Damages $54k in Attorney’s Fees

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:34
The City of San Luis Obispo has reached an agreement to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act overtime lawsuit filed by its firefighters. The suit filed in 2016 alleged the city failed to include certain payments in the overtime.
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Nebraska Firefighter Files Sexual Discrimination Suit

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 22:10
A Nebraska firefighter has filed suit alleging she has been discriminated against and harassed on account of her gender, and then retaliated against after she reported the discrimination. Amber Benson, a firefighter with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, filed suit in state court against the City of Lincoln, the mayor, the public safety director, the HR director, the fire chief, two BCs, and two captains.
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Former FDNY EMT Sues Doctor Who Got Her Fired

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:59
A former FDNY EMT who was fired in 2016 for disability fraud, has filed suit against a doctor who accused her of forging his signature. Susan James is suing Dr. Ajendra Sohal and Parkway Medical and Rehabilitation.
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Mississippi Fire Chief Sues for Reverse Discrimination

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:51
A Mississippi fire chief is among three local officials who claim they were fired by the city of Clarksdale last year on account of their race. Fire Chief Obert Douglas along with Municipal Judge Joseph Cobb Gibbs, and City Attorney Curtis Boschert were fired on July 10, 2017, ten days after Mayor Chuck Espy took office.
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Wyoming Supreme Court Rules Firefighter Unions Must Include Volunteer Firefighters

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 17:01
The Supreme Court of Wyoming has ruled that in a combination fire department, part-time and volunteer firefighters are entitled to vote on whether or not firefighters can form a union. The case involved two IAFF locals, Campbell County Firefighters IAFF Local 5058 and Jackson Hole Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 5067.
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Minnesota City Settles Pension Surplus Suit

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:40
A Minnesota city has agreed to settle a dispute with its firefighters over an unusual problem: what to do with a $1.5 pension surplus. The City of Maplewood filed suit against the Maplewood Fire Relief Association earlier this year following the city’s decision to eliminate part-time firefighters in favor of a full-time department.
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Ghost Ship Managers Plead to Manslaughter Charges

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 15:46
Two men involved in operating the Ghost Ship venue in Oakland have pled no-contest to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The fire in the converted warehouse on December 2, 2016 killed 36 people.
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West Virginia Firefighters Sue for Holiday Pay

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:52
Thirty-seven current and former Martinsburg firefighters have filed suit claiming the city failed to pay them holiday pay in accordance with state law. The suit was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court by IAFF Local 805 President Mark Stroop on behalf of three captains, six lieutenants, 26 firefighters and two retirees
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Judge Dismisses Virginia Beach Cheating Scandal Suit

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:49
A lawsuit filed by four Virginia Beach firefighters over a promotional cheating scandal has been dismissed because the judge claims the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case. The firefighters filed the suit in March after it was confirmed that at least two firefighters were given advanced information about what would be on the tactical portion of the exam
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San Bruno Firefighter Claims Male Colleagues Harassed Him

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 14:44
A veteran San Bruno firefighter has filed suit against the City of San Bruno and four firefighters accusing them of creating a sexually hostile work environment dating back to 2010. Jon Priolo filed suit in San Mateo County Superior Court naming the city, Ben Minkin, Tyler Charles, Sean Berube and Chris De La Cruz as defendants.
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Magistrate Recommends Dismissal Of Remaining Counts in Cap’n Nemo’s Case

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 20:48
A federal magistrate judge in Maine has recommended that the remaining counts in a controversial civil suit against the Tremont Fire Department and several its members be decided as a matter of law in their favor.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Agency Fees for Public Sector Unions

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 19:03
In a long-awaited decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that public-sector unions may not require the payment of an agency fee from non-members. Handed down today in Janus v. AFSCME, the decision was based on the First Amendment concerns of non-union members who objected to having to financially support a union against their beliefs.
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Firefighters Must Pay Federal Signal’s Attorneys Fees In Hearing Loss Loss

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 21:26
The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling awarding Federal Signal Corporation more than $127,000 in legal fees and costs from a group of eleven Washington DC firefighters. The suit was originally filed against E-One, Inc., Pierce Manufacturing, Inc, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, and Federal Signal Corporation for product liability associated with their hearing loss.
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Charlotte Firefighters’ Pension Suit Headed To Trial

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:09
A group of 70 former Charlotte firefighters are one step closer to having their day in court, as a judge ruled today that their dispute over how pensions are calculated should go to a jury. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 and claimed the city’s method of calculating pension payments left them with only 86% of what they were owed.
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Parents of Child Killed in Scottsdale Fire Station Accident File $9 Million Claim

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:50
The parents of a 16-month-old child who died in a Scottsdale fire station earlier this year, have filed a $9 million claim with the city alleging wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Joseph Reiss was killed on February 3, 2018 when he was crushed by a sideways-folding apparatus bay door.
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NY State Sues Foam Manufacturers Over AFFF Contamination

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:08
The state of New York has join a growing list of plaintiffs suing the nation’s firefighting foam manufacturers over groundwater contamination problems associated with AFFF. The suit alleges that 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products LP, Chemguard, Inc., Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, National Foam, Inc., and Kidde-Fenwal, Inc. are responsible for groundwater contamination at various sites throughout the state where firefighters have used AFFF.
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Burning Question About Bully Bosses and Insubordination

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:11
Today’s burning question: My immediate supervisor recently called me into a conference room and berated me, called me a sandbagger and used numerous expletives (predominantly dropping the "F bomb"). It got so bad, the administrative assistant down the hall heard the berating and walked in because she was concerned about my welfare. As he was in the middle of cussing me I stood up to leave and was told if I left I would face discipline and that I was ordered to sit down or face insubordination charges.
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