YCMTSU New Mexico

A dispute in a small town in New Mexico has resurfaced in the Fire Law news with word that a county has filed a counterclaim against a former fire chief who sued the county earlier this year. You may recall the YCMTSU story of Fire Chief Eddie Velarde, the IC who was arrested at the scene of a fire.

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YCMTSU New Jersey Edition

A missing Championship Ring, a fire, allegations of theft, sexual harassment, retaliation, and politics. It's a story worthy of a law school final exam. The return to work of a suspended Paterson, New Jersey firefighter has brought to light a fact pattern that is hard to fathom.

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Settlement Announced in California FLSA Overtime Suit

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has settled an overtime compensation lawsuit filed earlier this year by forty-four firefighters. The firefighters sued in February claiming the district incorrectly calculated their regular rate, which is the rate that is to be used to determine the overtime rate.

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Indiana Recruit Claims Sex Discrimination

A female recruit who was fired on graduation day from the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s training academy in 2014, has filed suit alleging gender discrimination. Victoria Bolden filed suit on July 21, 2016 claiming that her termination on June 10, 2014 was based on her gender.

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Indiana Fire Department Suspends Polygraph Requirement

Michigan City, Indiana has decided to suspend its use of a polygraph as part of its entry-level hiring process. Last month, two unsuccessful candidates, Tyler J. Long and Mikhail Palmer, filed suit claiming that the city violated state and local law by using the polygraph.

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Fairfax County Fire Sued Again For Sexual Harassment

On the heals of a firefighter suicide associated with allegations of sex-based cyberbullying, two sexual harassment lawsuits, and an investigation into sexually inappropriate photos being posted by the department’s investigating officer, a female battalion chief has filed a sexual harassment suit.

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More Cybercasualties in South Carolina Over BLM Posts

The past few weeks have seen an unusually high number of fire and EMS personnel get themselves into disciplinary trouble for their social media activities. Whether we use the acronym SMACS, SMACSS, or my favorite – Cybercasualty - no state has seen more of this than South Carolina following a BLM protest last week in Columbia.

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San Francisco Close to Settling Drunk Driving Ladder Case for $5 Million

The infamous case of the drunk San Francisco firefighter who struck a motorcyclist with a ladder truck and then fled the scene on foot in 2013, is moving toward a final settlement. On June 29, 2013, FF Michael Quinn was driving a ladder truck on a run when he proceeded through a red traffic light and collided with a motorcycle driven by Jack Frazier.

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South Carolina Captain Fired Over BLM Posts

A Columbia, South Carolina fire captain has been terminated over two Facebook posts criticizing Black Lives Matter protesters who closed down I-126 Sunday evening. Captain James Morris was terminated today for “conduct unbecoming”.

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