Civil Suit

Cincinnati Chief Sues Over Promotion

Cincinnati is facing a lawsuit by one of its district chiefs who claims he was passed over for promotion twice and labeled a troublemaker because he reported possible wrongdoing by other chiefs. District Chief Raffel Prophett filed suit last week naming City Manager Harry Black individually and in his capacity as city manager.

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Termination of Cleveland Sub Scammer Upheld

The Cleveland firefighter who was at the center of a shift-trading scandal in 2013, has lost his race discrimination suit in US District Court. Calvin Robinson was fired in 2014 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense of Complicity to Solicit or Receive Improper Compensation.

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Headline Pimping: Swat Medic’s Shooting of Handcuffed Prisoner Prompts Lawsuit

“A man is shot and killed by a firefighter while handcuffed in the woods.” WOW… if that lead-in doesn’t get your attention. Don’t you love the news media? Let’s pimp this story for all its worth! I suppose that headline is a lot more dramatic than saying: Swat Medic Who Saved Police Officer’s Life Sued By Family Of Inmate Who Grabbed Officer’s Gun.

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NY Firefighter Sues for Race Discrimination

A volunteer firefighter in New York is suing his former fire department in federal court alleging race discrimination. Sean Joshua filed suit against the Valley Stream Fire Department alleging race discrimination under state and federal law.

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NH Firefighter Alleges Age and Disability Discrimination

A former firefighter in New Hampshire is suing his company officer and his fire department accusing both of age discrimination, disability discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Benjamin P. Noyes filed suit law week against the City of Dover.

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Delaware Fire Company Sued For Third Time By Same Member

A volunteer fire company in Delaware is being sued for the third time by a female member who now claims she has been retaliated against on account of her previous suits. Wendy Lowe is suing the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. alleging breach of contract, due process, defamation, and civil conspiracy

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Illinois Village Reverses Course on Privatizing Fire Department

Elected officials in an Illinois village that took its taxpayers and firefighters on a three year $800,000 legal journey to privatize the fire department only to lose at every turn, have agreed to give up the fight. Mayor Hubert Hermanek, Jr. has announced that the Village of North Riverside will stop pursuing privatizing its firefighting protection services

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San Diego Fire Sued For Gender Discrimination

A firefighter recruit who washed out of a San Diego Fire Academy class due to an injury, and then failed a mandatory run at the start her second academy, has filed suit alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. Nicole Pappas filed suit alleging four counts of state law employment discrimination...

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Family Seeks LODD Status for 1935 FDNY Death

The family a New York City firefighter who died after a fire in 1935, is seeking to reopen the department’s decision to treat the death as not in-the-line-of-duty. Firefighter Thomas O'Brien passed away in October 1935 at Engine 3’s quarters on West 17th Street hours after he returned from a two-alarm fire

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