Constitutional Rights

FDNY Sued Over Sexual Assault Hazing

An African American FDNY probie who claims he was sexually assaulted during a hazing ritual at his new firehouse, has filed a 38 page federal lawsuit naming the city of New York, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, a lieutenant and three firefighters.

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FDNY Sued for $3 Million By Disabled Firefighter

An FDNY firefighter who was hurt off-duty, reinjured a year later on the job, then arrested, denied a disability pension, and terminated, is suing the city and FDNY for $3 million for violating his civil rights. Daniel Braun filed suit last month alleging that his 4th and 14th Amendment rights were violated.

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Settlement Announced in Oregon Wrongful Termination Suit

An Oregon fire chief who filed a wrongful termination suit has agreed to accept a $55,000 settlement. Chief Mike Balzer claims he was terminated by Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District because his wife posted comments on social media that were critical of the district’s board.

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Court Strikes Down Police Department Social Media Policy In Ho-Hum Non-Precedent Setting But Widely Discussed Decision

Today’s burning question: I just saw that the 4th Circuit struck down a police department’s social media policy based on the First Amendment. I live in Nevada, which is part of the 9th Circuit. Will that ruling be binding here? Answer: Boy, there sure is a lot of interest in that 4th Circuit case. I have received over 25 emails and social media contacts TODAY ALONE.

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Georgia FD EMT Sued Over Positional Asphyxia Death

A fire department EMT and two sheriff’s deputies from Coweta County, Georgia have been sued for violating the civil rights of a man who died of positional asphyxia while being restrained. Chase Sherman died on November 20, 2015 after being tased and subdued by Coweta County responders on I85 in Coweta County.

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Michigan Firefighter is the Latest Cybercasualty

A Michigan firefighter has been terminated over racially charged comments he posted on Facebook. Ryan Hudson, 40, of the Belding Fire Department, was fired yesterday for comments he posted in reply to a post that supported San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback ...

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Minneapolis Fire Sued Over Hypothermia Death

The family of a University of Minnesota freshman who died of hypothermia in 2013 has filed a massive lawsuit against the Minneapolis Fire Department and numerous other agencies accusing them of leaving his body in the elements for an extended ...

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21 States Challenge New White Collar Overtime Rule

Twenty-one states are challenging new overtime rules that increase the minimum salary requirements for exempt “white collar” employees under the FLSA. The rules are set to increase the minimum salary that an employee who is exempt from receiving overtime must be paid from $455 per week to $913 per week.

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