Municipal Liability

Sick Leave Abuse or Family Medical Leave Act Violation

Today’s burning question: I was a probationary firefighter and used accrued sick and vacation leave to take care of my wife and children, but my employer fired me. Do I have a case? Answer: While as a probationary employee you are an employee at-will, an employer cannot discriminate nor violate statutory rights that are granted by state and federal law.

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Utica Fire Chief’s Son Sues City For Discrimination

The son of Utica, New York Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed suit against the city claiming he is being discriminated against on account of his religion and gender over the length of his hair. John Brooks, a Utica firefighter, filed suit in US District Court in December accusing the city of discrimination.

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Omaha Battalion Chiefs Sue to Block Fire Chief’s Appointment

Two candidates for the fire chief’s job in Omaha have filed suit claiming the mayor violated the city charter and city code by appointing Interim Fire Chief Dan Olsen as fire chief. BCs Robb Gottsch and Dan Stolinski filed the suit today seeking an order declaring the promotion to be void.

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NJ Fire Inspector Awarded $1 Million

A New Jersey fire inspector who claims he was harassed because he cited various businesses with close ties to the mayor for fire code violations, has been awarded over $1 million by a Superior Court jury. The city of Elizabeth ...

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YCMTSU Accident Case Settled in California for $4 Million

A lawsuit arising out of a bizarre incident where a brush truck ran over a man lying on a fire station ramp in San Bernardino County, has been settled for $4 million. According to court documents, the incident occurred on December 9, 2013, when Brandon Coles discovered Seandor Flis, “in his vehicle unconscious.”

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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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Idaho Firefighter Settles Wrongful Termination Suit

An Idaho firefighter who alleged that he was terminated for reporting the fire chief for driving a fire department vehicle while impaired, has agreed to settle his wrongful termination suit for $26,000. Captain Brent Blamires was fired by the Rock Creek Fire District in 2015, shortly after he reported Fire Chief Jason Keller for driving while under the influence.

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