Civil Suit

Mississippi Fire Department Sued for $2.5 Million Over Dreadlocks

An applicant to the Gulfport Fire Department who was told he would have to cut his dreadlocks before he could start last year, has filed suit claiming race discrimination. Larry Christmas Jr. claims he passed the written and agility tests necessary to start with the GFD but was ordered to cut his dreadlocks.

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Brevard County Patient Abuse Case Resolved

Brevard County has reached a settlement with the patient who was injured last year when a paramedic flipped him off a stretcher after transporting him to the Weusthoff Medical Center. The patient, James Slater, filed suit last month against Brevard County and former Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedic Kenneth Hallenbeck

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Portland, Oregon Settles Assault Case Against Fire Chief for $5k

A lawsuit filed by a civilian fire department employee that accused Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens of assault has been settled for $5,000. Brian Alcid, who served as a facilities maintenance supervisor, filed suit last October claiming that in December, 2013, Chief Janssens grabbed him by the neck.

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Providence Rescue Officer Awarded $800k For Sexual Harassment

A federal jury took just four hours to award a former Providence Fire Department rescue officer $800,000 in damages for sexual harassment and retaliation. Lori Franchina filed suit in 2012 claiming she had been subjected to numerous instances of harassment, including incidents where co-workers refused to assist her at emergency scenes.

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Judge Rules in Wisconsin Fire District Funding Squabble

The battle between five Wisconsin municipalities over the allocations of costs for their jointly controlled fire district was resolved last week when a Chippewa County judge ruled that the Village of Lake Hallie cannot deduct tax incremental financing from its valuation for purposes of establishing its contribution.

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Fire Victims Sue City Over Denial of Re-Entry

The victims of a house fire are suing Reno, Texas claiming that they were wrongfully barred from re-entering their home after the fire. John and Stephanie Toppings sued the City of Reno and Police Chief Matt Birch claiming an unconstitutional seizure.

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Tampa Firefighter Suing for Sexual Harassment Is Fired

A Tampa firefighter who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in March, was terminated the following day. Tanja Vidovic was terminated on March 24, one day after she filed suit in federal court accusing the fire department of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

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NY Assistant Chief Prevails on Due Process Challenge to His Dismissal

A federal judge has ruled that a NY fire district violated the due process rights of a volunteer assistant chief by terminating him in 2013 without notice and a hearing. William J. Ratajack Jr. was terminated from the Brewster Fire Department and the Brewster-Southeast Joint Fire District in part for directing the "N-word" at two white subordinates.

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