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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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YCMTSU New Haven

In a case that is certain to be a contender for the YCMTSU Case of the Year for 2014, an applicant for the New Haven Fire Department is suing the city claiming he was passed over because the Fire Chief is having a relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

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Facebook Poll Prompts Sexual Harassment Investigation in Queensland

Firefighters in Queensland, Australia are under investigation for creating a Facebook “poll” to rate which of their female colleagues would be best in bed. According to The Courier-Mail, several female firefighters who were targets of the poll have been transferred and an outside investigation is now underway.

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FDNY Captain Accused of Hollywood Sexual Assault

A veteran FDNY EMS captain has been charged by police in California with sexual misconduct with two minors. Captain Wilbert Riera, 51, was arrested Friday in New York afternoon on six counts of felony sex assault. The offenses allegedly occurred on September 12, 2014 in Hollywood.

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Connecticut Fire Department Not Liable for Arson By Volunteer

A Connecticut jury has ruled in favor of the Mystic Fire District in a civil suit filed by the owner of a house that was set on fire in 2008 by a volunteer firefighter. Gretchen Chipperini alleged that the negligence of the fire district’s leadership made the district liable for the actions of probationary firefighter William Celtruda who set the fire on July 25, 2008.

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Suit by FDNY Firefighter Prompts Questions About The Fireman’s Rule

A lawsuit filed by an FDNY firefighter against a homeowner has prompted a rather indignant television news commentary proclaiming: “Did you know there are laws… that allow firefighters to sue you?” Oh my gosh… really??? You mean those scoundrel firefighters could sue JUST LIKE A NORMAL PERSON WHO IS INJURED THROUGH THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANOTHER COULD SUE? How terrible!!!!

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RI Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Gay Pride Parade Suit

The Rhode Island Supreme Court heard the appeal of the City of Providence today in the decade long lawsuit arising out of the 2001 Gay Pride Parade. Two Providence firefighters ordered to participate in the parade filed suit claiming a violation of their First Amendment Rights and that during the course of the parade they were sexually harassed.

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South Carolina County Sues Fire District

In a move that was not-unexpected, Florence County, South Carolina has filed suit in 12th Circuit Court of Common Pleas against the West Florence Fire District seeking to block the fire district’s existence. The suit follows the county’s failed attempt to file a similar suit at the South Carolina Supreme Court level.

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Firefighters Claim Sexual Harassment by US Forest Service

A group of seven current and former US Forest Service firefighters have filed a wide-ranging complaint alleging sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and gender discrimination. The complaint was filed last month with the US Department of Agriculture, the parent agency of the US Forest Service.

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YCMTSU Los Angeles Assault Case Goes to Trial

An LA City firefighter and his mother are on trial for assaulting a woman who they claim had been feeding stray cats in their neighborhood. As we saw yesterday in the Cleveland crash cover-up case, the assault was captured on surveillance video. Firefighter Ian Eulian and his mother, Lonieta Fontaine, 70, stand accused of accosting Rebecca Stafford, 47, in September, 2013. The prosecution rested yesterday.

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Surveillance Video Fuels Criminal Charges Against Two Cleveland Firefighters

A surveillance video has been released showing the crash of a Cleveland ladder truck in a parking lot last June. Two firefighters, the driver and the officer, have been charged criminally with submitting false reports about how the accident occurred. Fire Captain Ron Vargo and Firefighter Richard Nickerson blamed the crash on a vehicle that cut them off...

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NC OSHA Cites Fire Department

The Winston-Salem Fire Department has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor over three OSHA violations. Two of the citations were considered serious, incurring $3250 fines each. The third was consider not serious and no fine was imposed.

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YCMTSU New Jersey

A New Jersey fire company is in the hot seat after a "Show us your t__ts" sign was displayed below company's banner last the weekend at the state Firemen's Convention. Fire Chief Michael Jacobi and President Joe Kurz of the Williamstown Fire Company are investigating how a bright yellow banner with black letters stating...

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