NJ City Sued For Reverse Discrimination by Firefighter Candidates

Nine prospective firefighters who were offered jobs with the City of Englewood, New Jersey have filed suit claiming the last minute decision to withdraw the job offers constituted breach of contract and reverse discrimination. The candidates were given conditional job offers by the city, and completed all of the prerequisites to start the fire academy on April 15.

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Burning Question: Who Controls Grievances and Remedies

Today’s burning question: When proposing a remedy to a grievance in a collective bargaining workplace, does the grievant have full discretion to demand whatever he/she believes is an appropriate remedy? Answer: The grievance belongs to the union, not the individual member.

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Eliminating Technical Rescue Services and Liability

Today’s burning question: If a department eliminates a technical rescue discipline due to liability concerns and a technical rescue incident occur, could those responders be accused of nonfeasance? Answer: The direct answer to your question is yes, responders could be accused of nonfeasance. I think your real question is whether they could be liable and the answer is probably not…

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Muslim Medic Sues Detroit Over Discrimination

A Muslim paramedic has filed suit against the City of Detroit claiming that a white captain with a history of bigotry discriminated against him. Alaa Saade filed suit today in US District Court naming the city, Assistant Superintendent Sean Larkins and Captain Timothy Goodman

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Houston Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional

In a stunning reversal that has plusses and minuses for both sides, Harris County District Court Judge Tanya Garrison has ruled that Proposition B that mandates Houston firefighters receive parity with Houston police officers, is unconstitutional. The decision was handed down today.

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Court Upholds FDNY Citation for Nuisance Alarms on State Property

The New York Supreme Court for New York County has upheld a nuisance alarm citation imposed by FDNY on a business despite the fact the business was operating on state property. Genting New York, LLC challenged the nuisance alarm citation as illegal claiming the city lacked the jurisdiction over businesses on state owned property.

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Chief Demoted Over Off Duty Use Of City Vehicle

An Indiana fire chief has been demoted after a local taxpayer watchdog reported him for taking his city vehicle out of state for non-emergency reasons. Elwood Mayor Todd Jones demoted Fire Chief Brad Compton last week following an investigation that established the chief took his assigned Elwood Fire Department pickup truck to Marshall, Illinois.

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Massachusetts Suit Alleges Response to Fatal Stabbing Was Too Slow

The family of a woman who was murdered during a stabbing rampage in a small Massachusetts community in 2016, is suing the community and American Medical Response alleging responders from both entities failed to promptly arrive at the scene. Patricia Slavin, 80, died on May 10, 2016 after being stabbed by Arthur DeRosa

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Paris Firefighters Accused of Gang Rape

Six Paris firefighters who battled the Notre Dame Cathedral fire last month are facing possible criminal rape charges following an incident involving a 20-year old Scandinavian tourist last weekend. The victim met an off-duty Paris firefighter in a bar. She told police she had consensual sex with the firefighter at the firehouse, but was later raped by the others.

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