Constitutional Rights

Lynchburg Facing Sexual Harassment Suit

The City of Lynchburg, Virginia is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former female firefighter who claims she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment culminating in her decision to resign in 2015. Ruth Anne L. Phillips alleges she was subjected to “unlawful employment discrimination and hostile work environment based on age, gender, sex, sexual harassment, assault, and retaliation."

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Florida Retaliation Suit Voluntarily Dismissed

A lawsuit accusing the Town of Palm Beach, an Assistant Fire Chief and the town’s risk manager of malicious prosecution, negligent infliction of emotional distress, civil rights violations, false arrest/imprisonment and retaliation has been voluntarily dismissed.

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Minnesota Firefighter Claims Sexual Orientation Discrimination

A Battalion Chief in Eagan, Minnesota has filed suit against his fire chief claiming he was demoted to firefighter on account of his sexual orientation. Daniel Benson claims he was demoted to firefighter after being required to reapply for his position and disclosing he was married to a man.

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Iowa City Council Upholds Reprimand Over Social Media Post

An Iowa firefighter who was reprimanded for posting a sarcastic comment on social media last September, has lost his appeal to the city council. Cedar Falls firefighter Shane Farmer claims he was “unjustly disciplined” for his post that encouraged residents to heed evacuation warnings during near-record floods.

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Vancouver Facing $22.5 Million Suit Over Closure Of Night Club For Fire Code Violations

The owners of a Vancouver nightclub are suing the city, its fire chief, and 4 others for $22.5 million claiming they conspired to put it out of business because it catered to Black and Hispanic communities. Adrian Kallimanis and Jose Parra, owners of the now closed Q Nightclub and Lounge, claim racial prejudice led to pretexts, including fire code violations, to put the club out of business.

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NJ Chief Claims Termination Was Political Retaliation

A New Jersey fire chief whose position was eliminated and then refilled by his deputy chief has filed suit in US District Court alleging it was blatant political retaliation. Westampton Township fire chief Jason Carty was fired after the position he held, Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Services, was eliminated through a political slight-of-hand.

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