EEOC Sues AMR For Pregnancy Discrimination

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against American Medical Response, accusing it of discriminating against pregnant workers. The suit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on behalf of Katherine Hall, a paramedic for AMR in Spokane.

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Today’s Burning Question: Should The Loser Pay?

Today’s Burning Question: If someone files suit against a fire department and loses, shouldn’t they have to pay the city’s legal bills? Answer: That is not how our legal system works. Let’s use a recent case out of Sebring, Florida to better understand the issues.

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Montana VFD Latest Victim of Pink Collar Theft

The secretary of a Montana volunteer fire department’s auxiliary board is accused of stealing $60,000 from the organization. Annie Morigeau is charged with theft and forgery from the Saint Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary Board.

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RI Town Reinstates Lieutenant Fired at Height of Labor Dispute

A Rhode Island fire lieutenant who was terminated last year during a contentious battle between town officials and firefighters, has been reinstated as part of the settlement of a number of outstanding legal issues. The Town of East Greenwich agreed to reinstate Lieutenant Robert Warner. Lt. Warner was terminated for insubordination and conduct unbecoming.

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Georgia Firefighters Caught Up In Tax Return Scam

An income tax return preparer in Georgia that catered to firefighters is being investigated for tax fraud, and now the state is reviewing the returns of 1,400 taxpayers, most of whom are firefighters. The Georgia Department of Revenue has confirmed it is reviewing 1,400 returns prepared by Kim Griffin’s Tax Time.

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LA County Sued By Relative Of Patient Over Transport

A woman who claims she was prevented from transporting a relative to the hospital in her car by two Los Angeles County firefighters, has filed suit alleging they violated her civil rights. Vanessa Joy Calhoun filed suit yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Oregon Firefighter Sues for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

An Oregon firefighter who was retaliated against and later terminated after he complained about being sexually harassed, has filed suit naming his former employer, two chiefs, and three of his colleagues. Phillip Walter Rilatos, III filed suit last week naming the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1

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LA County Fire Sued for $10.4 Million Over Restraint of Seizure Patient

A man who claims he was handcuffed and restrained while having an epileptic seizure has filed a $10.4 million suit against the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Fire Department. Jason Cook is seeking is damages from the State of California, five CHP officers, LA County, four firefighters, a captain and the fire chief for physical, psychological, and emotional injuries he claims are severe.

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