Municipal Liability

Georgia Firefighter Sues Over PTSD Related Termination

A Georgia firefighter who was prevented from returning to duty after taking stress-related medical leave is suing his department claiming disability discrimination. Timothy Smallwood filed suit against Forsyth County alleging a violation of Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Settlement Reported in Jacksonville Race Discrimination Suits

Jacksonville has reportedly reached a tentative settlement of three fire department promotion-based race discrimination lawsuits. The three suits were brought by the US Department of Justice and the EEOC and allege disparate impact discrimination in the department’s promotional process between 2004 and 2011.

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Injured Recruit Sues Nashville for $1.5 Million

A Nashville Fire Department recruit who was injured last summer in a training mishap, has filed a $1.5 million suit against the city. Jennifer Lockhart was injured on July 21, 2017 when she fell several feet while participating in a rescuing trapped firefighters exercise.

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Chiefs, Deployments, Reimbursements and Overtime

Today’s burning question: If an Assistant Chief who is classified as an exempt executive employee is deployed on a 2-week wildland or USAR deployment that is fully reimbursable through FEMA or the state, can the fire department only pay the assistant chief his regular weekly salary?

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California Firefighters Battle With Mayor

This past weekend, a local newspaper in California wrote about a nasty dispute between the mayor of the City of La Verne and the La Verne Firefighters, IAFF Local 3624, that has prompted two separate federal court lawsuits in recent months.

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California Firefighter Sues for Discrimination

An African-American firefighter who claims he suffered years of harassment, discrimination and retaliation on account of his race, has filed suit against the City of Fresno, city officials and 21 members of the Fresno Fire Department.

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LAFD Sued Over Stretcher Mishap

A woman who claims she lost her unborn child while being transported on a stretcher by a Los Angeles City Fire Department ambulance crew has filed suit against the LAFD, the involved personnel and the property owner where the incident took place.

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Orlando Firefighter Sues For Wrongful Termination

The Orlando firefighter who was terminated for audio recording the rant of a City Commissioner while on a medical run, has filed suit for wrongful termination and retaliation. Firefighter-Paramedic Joshua L. Granada was terminated after he used his cellphone to record a hostile verbal encounter with City Commissioner Regina Hill.

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