Maine Investigator Claims Retaliation and Gender Discrimination

An investigator with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office has filed suit claiming he was denied a promotion in retaliation for his having testified before the state legislature on a pension bill, and on account of his gender. Mark J. Roberts filed suit naming the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Marshal Joseph E. Thomas as defendants.

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Pawtucket Building Owner Sues Fire Department and State for $6.7 Million

The owner of a building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island has filed a pro se lawsuit against the Pawtucket Fire Department, various fire officers, the city, the mayor and members of the state fire marshal’s office claiming each violated his civil rights. Mark E. Amesbury, doing business as Polytechnic, filed suit in US District Court alleging violations of his 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendment rights

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FDNY Fire Commissioner Called to Federal Court

FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro was in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, called before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis to answer questions about why the discipline of nine firefighters for racists remarks was not made public.

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Brookline Settles Claims With African American Firefighter for $11 Million

The town of Brookline, Massachusetts has agreed to pay an African American firefighter $11 million to settle a dispute that dates back to 2010 and resulted in at least five separate lawsuits. Gerald Alston claims his problems began when a when a supervisor left a voice mail calling him a racial slur while he was off on a work-related injury.

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Second Circuit Reinstates First Amendment Suit Against FDNY

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit filed by an FDNY fire marshal who was removed from an investigation into the cause of a fire on the set of a Bruce Willis movie that killed a firefighter on March 22, 2018. Scott P. Specht filed suit alleging a violation of his First Amendment rights, retaliation under NY civil service law (whistleblower), and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Texas Fire Department Sued For Wrongful Death

The family of a Texas man who died after being struck by a Weslaco Fire Department ambulance yesterday has filed suit against the fire department and the unidentified ambulance driver. Juan Pedro Guerra was killed on October 4. 2021 as he crossed a road after being released from the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center.

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South Carolina Vaccine Lawsuit Removed to Federal Court

A lawsuit filed by twelve South Carolina firefighters seeking to block a vaccine mandate, has been removed to federal court due to the Constitutional questions raised. The firefighters filed suit against the St. Johns Fire District, the fire chief, and each of the commissioners.

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FDNY Suspends Nine Over Racist Memes

Nine FDNY firefighters have been suspended without pay following an investigation into racist memes. It is not clear when the suspensions actually took place but confirmation of the discipline became public in a New York Times article published last week.

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Louisiana Firefighter Terminated Over COVID19 Hospitalization Documentation

A Louisiana firefighter who was terminated for failing to provide medical documentation relative to a COVID-related hospitalization, has filed suit alleging disability discrimination, whistleblower violation, retaliation, violation of his due process rights, and negligent supervision. Kevin Jerome filed suit against the Rapides Fire District # 4, Chief Britt Bolen, and the Rapides Parish Police Jury.

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