Sick Leave Abuse or Family Medical Leave Act Violation

Today’s burning question: I was a probationary firefighter and used accrued sick and vacation leave to take care of my wife and children, but my employer fired me. Do I have a case? Answer: While as a probationary employee you are an employee at-will, an employer cannot discriminate nor violate statutory rights that are granted by state and federal law.

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Fire Law Podcast Episode 13: Intro to the FLSA

In this episode, Curt and Bill Maccarone provide an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act. No other law impacts fire department operations nor costs local governments more than the FLSA. Since 1985 when the US Supreme Court decided Garcia ...

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Utica Fire Chief’s Son Sues City For Discrimination

The son of Utica, New York Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed suit against the city claiming he is being discriminated against on account of his religion and gender over the length of his hair. John Brooks, a Utica firefighter, filed suit in US District Court in December accusing the city of discrimination.

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Omaha Battalion Chiefs Sue to Block Fire Chief’s Appointment

Two candidates for the fire chief’s job in Omaha have filed suit claiming the mayor violated the city charter and city code by appointing Interim Fire Chief Dan Olsen as fire chief. BCs Robb Gottsch and Dan Stolinski filed the suit today seeking an order declaring the promotion to be void.

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Jury Clears PA Fire Company in Sexual Assault of Junior

A jury has found that a Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is not liable to a former junior firefighter for sexual assaults that allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2007. The federal court jury also found that Old Forge Borough and two former police officers were not liable to the 23-year old victim identified only as Jane Doe.

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We’re Not Animal House

A secret recording of a meeting at the quarters of Engine 40 and Ladder 35 in New York City has been released, and the lawyer for an African American firefighter suing the city over a hazing incident says it “shocks ...

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LAFD Facing Yet Another Discrimination Lawsuit

The Los Angeles City Fire Department is again facing another employment discrimination lawsuit, this time by a group of fire prevention inspectors who claim they have been harassed and discriminated against. The suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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