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Monthly Archives: July 2011

FLSA Overtime Suit Filed in Kansas City

A Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department EMT has filed a class action lawsuit against the city alleging that overtime pay for EMTs and paramedics has been improperly calculated. Marissa Hermsen filed suit yesterday alleging that EMTs and paramedics should receive ...

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Do Not Enter Rule: Liability Question in Pennsylvania

Bill Carey from has posted on a very interesting fire out of Pennsylvania. The fire department took a defensive strategy pursuant to a “no entry rule” because the house had been condemned due to the dangers associated with the ...

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Group Arson in Tennessee Volunteer Fire Department

Four Tennessee volunteer firefighters have been charged with arson in connection with a series of recent fires, including one that destroyed a fire station. The suspects are all members of the Houston County Fire Department, and according to local officials ...

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Should Firefighters Be Able To Sue?

“We live in a culture of litigation now, and I suppose the fire service isn’t any different from any others in that sense.” Interesting quote … from a former firefighter … and South Ayrshire Councillor John Allan about the settlement ...

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Chicago Fire Department Faces Sex Discrimination Suit

The Chicago Fire Department’s hiring process has been the subject of a number of discrimination lawsuits over the years. Most recently, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded $30 million in damages to 111 African-American firefighter applicants who had filed ...

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More Activity In FDNY Race Discrimination Case

The FDNY race discrimination case that has held up hiring for nearly five years continues to grind toward resolution with two rulings last week. On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued an order to lower the application fee from $54 ...

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