Demoted California Battalion Chief Alleges Retaliation and Bill of Rights Violation

A Glendale fire captain who was demoted from battalion chief last December, has filed suit claiming his demotion and subsequent removal from two special projects was retaliation for his opposition to what he characterizes as an “illegal directive” from his fire chief. Captain Brian Murphy filed suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming his demotion violated the California Labor Code §1102.5 and the California Firefighter Procedural BOR.

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West Virginia Firefighters Sue Over Holiday Pay

Firefighters in the City of Huntington, West Virginia have filed suit against the city claiming they were underpaid for holidays. All 83 of Huntington’s firefighters were listed as plaintiffs and the city was named as the sole defendant, in the suit filed today in Cabell County Circuit Court.

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$373k Pink Collar Theft from Virginia Fire Company

The president of a volunteer fire company in Virginia has been charged with embezzling more than $373,000 over a three-year period. Virginia Hoskings has been charged by the Prince William County Police Department with stealing the funds between April 2016 and July 2019, while she was president of the Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department.

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PG&E Suit Challenging Fire District Ordinance Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by Pacific Gas and Electric against the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District challenging the validity of fire safety ordinances has been dismissed. PG&E, who was forced into bankruptcy over liabilities associated with wildfires caused with its electrical wires, objected to Ordinance 35 as being beyond the authority of the district to enact.

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Connecticut Firefighter Suspended For Anti-Semitic Comment

A Connecticut firefighter who made an anti-Semitic comment to a Jewish firefighter, has been suspended without pay for a week. Lieutenant Patrick St. Onge has been suspended from the Norwalk Fire Department. He will also be transferred from his current assignment as part of the punishment.

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Ohio Firefighters Terminated For Posting Videogame Recordings

Three Ohio firefighters who posted videos of themselves using vulgar language and discussing the fire chief’s medical condition while playing videogames have been terminated. Kyler Dille, Tyler Furry, and Christopher East were terminated from the Crestline Fire Department Monday evening by the Village Council.

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Terminated Indiana Firefighter Claims Age Discrimination

A 57-year old Indiana firefighter who claims he was fired after refusing to resign, has filed suit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act. Garry Harling filed suit in US District Court for the District of Indiana last week against the City of Westfield.

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Utica Prevails in Appeal By Firefighter Terminated for Sexual Misconduct

The City of Utica has prevailed in its appeal of a lower court ruling reinstating and awarding backpay to a firefighter who was terminated for sexual misconduct on duty. Richard J. Forte was terminated following a bizarre incident in the firehouse in 2018. He was initially suspended without pay while the discipline process began, and later terminated.

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Fired Arkansas Firefighter Denies Facebook Post Was Racist

An Arkansas firefighter who was terminated last week over a racist Facebook post, has spoken publicly to the news media about his punishment. Bryant firefighter Kyle Robertson spoke with FOX16 this week contending that people “misinterpreted” his post about Black Lives Matter.

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