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$1 Million Whistleblower Verdict Against LAFD Upheld

The California Court of Appeals has upheld a $1 million jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a suit brought by two city fire officers. Battalion Chief John Miller and Captain Michael Rueda sued in 2009 after they were removed from the department's Arson Counter-Terrorism Section...

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Massachusetts Suit Removed to Federal Court

A lawsuit filed last month in state court by four Massachusetts firefighters has been removed to federal court by attorneys retained for the defense by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Agency. The suit was filed on September 2, 2014 by four former members of the Groton Fire Department.

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Illinois Firefighter Settles Age Discrimination Suit

An Illinois firefighter who was removed from his position as a public education officer in 2009, has settled his age discrimination suit. Firefighter Scott Kody will receive a settlement of $170,000 and in turn will separate from the Schaumburg Fire Department while applying for a disability pension.

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Georgia Firefighter Claims Incentive Stipend Belongs in Overtime Rate

A Georgia firefighter has filed a class action suit claiming his fire department failed to include incentive stipends in overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Robert Morris filed suit in US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia last Thursday. He is employed by the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

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Virginia Fire Department Prevails in First Amendment Suit

A fire department in Virginia has prevailed in federal court in a suit that alleged the First Amendment rights of two firefighters had been violated. Last Friday, a jury ruled in favor of the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and its president, David Santmyers, in suit brought last year by Philip Charles and David Ellinger.

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New Mexico Firefighter in Hot Water Over Campaign Photo

Today’s burning question: I’m a career firefighter. Two years ago I was elected to the state legislature. I have always been careful not to use my position with the fire department for campaigning or political purposes. Unbeknownst to me folks in my political party used a photo of me in my fire department uniform...

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Shot Clock Reset on Toledo Sexual Harassment Suit

A well known sexual harassment suit involving the Toledo Fire Department filed in 2005 is back in the news because it has been dismissed… and refiled. The suit was filed by three Toledo firefighters who claim they were subjected to gender discrimination, a hostile work environment, and retaliation

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Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints

A Houston firefighter has been placed on administrative duties as the department investigates offensive anti-Islamic posts on his personal Facebook page. The unidentified firefighter allegedly made the posts last month drawing the attention of KTRK TV Channel 13, who in turn brought them to the attention of the fire department.

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Bridgeport Firefighter Claims Pregnancy Discrimination

A Bridgeport, Connecticut firefighter is suing in federal court over pregnancy related discrimination. Regina Scates claims that the Bridgeport Fire Department “refused to accommodate [her] pregnancy and forced her to take [unpaid] leave from her position as firefighter"...

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