Michigan Two Hatter Retaliation Suit Dismissed

A suit filed last year by a Michigan firefighter who was terminated for working in two fire departments has been voluntarily dismissed.

Thomas J. Saladino, a 23-year veteran of the Wyoming Fire Department who also served as the fire chief for Jamestown Township, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Wyoming, Department of Public Safety Director James Carmody, City Manager Curtis Holt and other public-safety officials.

Chief Saladino had been terminated from the Wyoming Fire Department for continuing to work as chief in Jamestown after being refused permission to do so by Wyoming. According to the lawsuit, Chief Saladino played a leading role in lobbying efforts for the passage of a Two-Hatter protection law in 2014. The suit alleged that Carmody and Holt actively opposed the law, and terminated Chief Saladino in retaliation.

Chief Saladino voluntarily dismissed the last Friday. Mlive.com quoted Holt as saying “The City is pleased with Mr. Saladino’s decision to voluntarily dismiss his lawsuit.”

More on the story.

Earlier coverage including the complaint.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer’s Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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