Colorado Firefighter Loses Wrongful Termination Suit

A Colorado firefighter who was fired two days after organizing a meeting of firefighters to discuss complaints about management, has lost his wrongful termination lawsuit. Chad Sells was fired by the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District on July 18, 2017.

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Ohio Court Upholds Termination of Firefighter

Ohio’s Third Appellate District Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of a firefighter who was terminated for failing to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians during his probationary period. Mark Evans filed suit against Shawnee Township in 2019, alleging breach of contract, and wrongful discharge

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Insurer Sues Over Apparatus Fire

A lawsuit has been filed by an insurer over a fire that destroyed a West Virginia fire truck in 2019. The Arch Insurance Co. filed suit this month against Shaffer Ford and Ford Motor Company for the destruction of a 2004 Ford F-Super Duty 550 owned by the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department.

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Mass Firefighter Charged With Enticing a Minor

A Massachusetts firefighter has been charged with enticing a minor. Westfield firefighter Richard Paul reportedly sought to meet someone he believed was a 13-year old girl. Instead it was an undercover police officer. Paul had been under investigation by federal, ...

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New York Firefighter Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

A volunteer firefighter with the Lakeview Fire Department in New York has filed suit in federal court alleging a variety of civil rights violations and state law claims against what the complaint describes as "a cabal comprised of officers and publicly elected officials of the Lakeview Fire District and Lakeview Fire Department."

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California Captain Claims Age Discrimination & Retaliation

A California fire captain who was passed over for promotion to battalion chief has filed suit claiming age discrimination and retaliation for having complained about a perceived violation of the law. Captain Scott Martinez filed suit last week against the City of El Segundo and Fire Chief Chris Donovan.

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Missouri Firefighter Sues Over Age and Weight Discrimination

A Missouri firefighter who was terminated in 2019 for conduct unbecoming, has filed suit contending he was targeted due to his age and a discriminatory fitness policy that targeted his weight. Anthony Bailey filed suit against the Warrenton Fire Protection District earlier this month.

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Long Beach Settles Suit Over Firefighter’s Punch for $250K

The City of Long Beach, California has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a man who was punched by a firefighter following the shooting death of a fire captain. The incident that precipitated the punch was an explosion, fire and shooting at the Covenant Manor Senior Housing Project, a high rise building in Long Beach

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Mayor Sues Council Over Blocked Demotion of Fire Chief

An Indiana mayor has filed suit against her city council challenging their authority to block her demotion of the fire chief. Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron filed suit yesterday after the town council voted unanimously to demote Fire Chief James Vangorder. Such demotions require council approval.

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Texas Firefighter Alleges Disability and Age Discrimination

A Texas firefighter who was terminated in 2019, has filed suit claiming he was the victim of age discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation. Jason January filed suit earlier this year in US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, naming the City of Huntsville as the sole defendant.

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No-Visible Tattoo Policy Upheld by Mass Civil Service Commission

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld a no-visible tattoo policy in a challenge brought by an applicant to the Brockton Fire Department. Corey Matchem was bypassed by the Brockton Fire Department in 2019 over his “non-compliance with the department’s Tattoo, Body Piercing and Mutilation Policy for New Hires.”

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