Constitutional Rights

Cleveland Subbing Scandal Firefighter Claims Race Discrimination

The firefighter at the center of a subbing scandal in Cleveland several years ago, has filed suit claiming his termination in 2014 constituted race discrimination. Calvin Robinson was charged in 2013 with felony theft in office and misdemeanor receiving improper compensation for paying other firefighters to work his shift.

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Washington State Firefighter Sues For Discrimination

A Washington state firefighter has filed suit claiming he was denied full-time employment and removed from a part-time position on account of his Middle-Eastern descent and non-citizenship. Damon Winters is suing the City of Lynden and Assistant Chief Robert Spinner.

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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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PA Property Owner Sues Over Post Fire Demolition

The owner of a house in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is suing the city claiming it wrongfully ordered the demolition of the building three days after a fire last November. Melinda Deiter and her father, John Deiter, filed suit earlier this year claiming the city’s order to demolish the building was a violation of their due process and 4th Amendment rights.

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Philadelphia Captain Loses Race Discrimination Suit Over BC Test

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Philadelphia captain who claims his test scores for promotion to battalion chief were tossed in retaliation for previous race discrimination claims he made. Captain James Williamson filed suit against the Philadelphia Fire Department last year claiming race discrimination and retaliation.

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NY Firefighter Alleges Anti-Union Discrimination

A career firefighter and union official with the Long Beach Fire Department has filed suit in federal court alleging he was terminated following a campaign of harassment directed at him by Long Beach volunteer firefighters. Brian McNamara claims he was assaulted, harassed and retaliated against by the volunteers, then terminated by the department on trumped up charges on account of his union activities.

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Ohio Firefighters Disciplined Over Christmas Photo

Seventeen Lancaster, Ohio firefighters – one entire shift - have been disciplined over a Christmas themed photo they posed for last fall that was later placed on a billboard. The firefighters were assigned to Crew 3, one of Lancaster’s three shifts.

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Brookline Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit Joined By Others

A Massachusetts firefighter who is suing his fire department and union for race discrimination, has been joined by two police officers and five other town employees who also allege race discrimination. Gerald Alston filed suit against the Town of Brookline, the Board of Selectmen, IAFF Local 950, and several others claiming race discrimination.

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