Officer Facing Demotion Over Racist Joke Gets New Assignment

An Indiana firefighter who was accused of using a racial slur, has received a rather unusual penalty: he will now serve as the fire department's liaison with an outside diversity consultant. Chad Emsweller of the Evansville Fire Department was accused of using a racial slur while telling what he believed to be a joke

Read More »

Firefighters Dismissed From Malicious Prosecution Suit

The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York has dismissed two firefighters and a fire department from a lawsuit arising out of the arrest of a man who was accused of brandishing a firearm at one of the firefighters. The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department, Daniel Maloney, and Robert Fineo were dismissed from a suit filed by Carl T. Semencic.

Read More »

Court Rules FDNY Must Accommodate Facial Hair Despite OSHA

A federal judge has ruled that FDNY must reinstate an accommodation granted to African American firefighters suffering from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae that permits facial hair in the chin, cheek and neck area provided it does not cause leakage around the mask's seal. The firefighters filed suit in 2018 alleging race and disability discrimination.

Read More »

Texas Appeals Court Overturns Ruling in Fort Worth Discipline Case

A Texas Appellate Court has reversed a ruling by a hearing examiner that reinstated a Fort Worth firefighter, because she considered evidence outside of the record. Shea O'Neill got into an off-duty altercation with a retiree at a college football scrimmage. At the time O’Neill has his twin sons and a friend with him.

Read More »

FDNY Gets Split Decision in Trademark Suit

A federal court has upheld in part and denied in part a trademark infringement suit brought by the City of New York against a vendor who refused to stop selling FDNY and NYPD t-shirts and memorabilia. The city sued Blue Rage, Inc. doing business as The Cop Shop alleging it sold “a wide variety of unlicensed, infringing merchandise bearing the NYPD and FDNY Trademarks.”

Read More »

Palm Beach County Firefighter Sues Under ADA

A Palm Beach County firefighter has filed suit claiming he is being discriminated against by his superiors on account of a perceived psychological disability. FF Victor Hernandez filed suit earlier this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read More »

Firefighter and Utilities Settle Burn Injury case for $5 Million

A firefighter who was severely burned in 2015 while battling a wildland fire in Washington state has reached a $5 million settlement with two utility companies who were blamed for causing the fire. Daniel Lyon Jr. was the sole survivor of a US Forest Service engine company that was overrun by fire on August 19, 2015 during the Twisp River Fire.

Read More »

Nevada Firefighters Claim Overtime Violation Under FLSA

Two Nevada firefighters have filed a class action suit claiming they and their collogues have been wrongly classified as exempt from overtime. Victor Yohey and Chris Tillisch filed suit last week against the Storey County Fire Protection District in US District Court for the District of Nevada alleging a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Read More »

Minneapolis Settles Sneaker Discrimination Suit for $785k

The city of Minneapolis has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former firefighter over the city’s refusal to allow him to wear sneakers on duty for medical reasons. FF Keith Daniel injured his ankle while on duty back in 2011. The injury required surgery to repair a torn ligament.

Read More »

Topeka Prevails in Gender Discrimination Suit

The US District Court for the District of Kansas has granted summary judgment to the City of Topeka in a suit brought by a female firefighter alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliation. Amy Bermudez, a 25-year veteran of the department, filed suit in 2018 alleging the harassment stretched back to 2014.

Read More »

Florida Fire Department Accused of Military Discrimination

A former firefighter in Florida has filed suit claiming he was terminated because of his military service. Chris Merrell filed suit last week against the City of Clermont Fire Department under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act and Florida's version known as Florida Uniformed Servicemembers Protection Act.

Read More »

Arizona Firefighter Sues Fire District Over Termination

A former Arizona firefighter who was terminated in 2019 after the department eliminated its wildland program, is suing the fire district for wrongful termination, retaliation, and an assortment of wage and hour claims. Jason Craven filed suit in Navajo County Superior Court naming the Clay Springs-Pinedale Fire District Board.

Read More »

Florida Fire District Sued For Viewpoint Discrimination

A Florida man has filed suit against a fire district claiming that his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when the department’s public information officer blocked him from the department’s Facebook page. Randy Scott filed against the Lehigh Acres Fire Control And Rescue District and PIO Katie Heck suit this week.

Read More »