Constitutional Rights

7th Circuit Reinstates Chicago Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit

A lawsuit that accuses a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant and captain of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation has been reinstated by the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit was filed by former firefighter Roberto Alamo against Lieutenant Charlie Bliss, Captain Patrick Stefan and the City of Chicago.

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Massachusetts Deputy Chief Sues For Age Discrimination

A Massachusetts deputy chief has filed suit in federal court claiming that changes in the collective bargaining agreement constitutes age discrimination. Braintree Deputy Chief Alan Predella claims that the union and the town are discriminating against him on account of his age by eliminating certain benefits to those who have worked 34 years or longer.

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ACLU Steps Up For NH Firefighter

A New Hampshire firefighter who was fired in 2015 over a Facebook discussion, just got some good news: the American Civil Liberties Union is taking up his cause. Alex Morin was terminated from the Farmington Fire Department days after he and another firefighter questioned the appropriateness of citizens posting incident related comments on Facebook.

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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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