Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Firefighter

The termination of a Tennessee firefighter who was fired in 2015 following an off-duty altercation, has been upheld by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Paul Zachary Moss was fired by the Shelby County Fire Department following a no-contest plea to charges that he assaulted two men with a firearm.

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California Firefighter and City Settle Discrimination Suit

A lawsuit accusing the La Habra Heights Fire Department of religious discrimination and sexual harassment, has been settled. Former volunteer firefighter Jared Hartstein filed the suit in LA County Superior Court accusing the department of terrorizing him throughout his five months of training.

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Collateral Damage Discipline of Boston Lieutenants Reversed

In a particularly blunt decision, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has overturned the discipline of two Boston fire lieutenants referring to them as “collateral damage for what appears to be a strategic move to counter” race discrimination allegations. Lt Marc Hayhurst and Lt Brian Summering were suspended for two tours each.

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Tucson Prevails in Termination Suit

A probationary Tucson firefighter who was terminated in 2015, has lost the appeal of his wrongful termination suit. Michael Burroughs sued the city claiming he was retaliated against because he filed a workers’ comp claim and because he was the victim of disability discrimination.

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California Fire Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A California fire chief who was terminated last year has filed suit alleging wrongful termination and an assortment of employment related counts. Larry Whithorn, who was promoted to fire chief in West Covina in December, 2014, was terminated by the city on April 22, 2019.

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LA Court Rules Firefighters Cannot be Ordered to Work in Higher Rank

Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court ruling that firefighters in Kenner cannot be ordered to work “out of class”. The case was brought in 2019 by Firefighter Brian Drumm, an apparatus operator, on behalf of all firefighters similarly situated and Kenner Firefighters IAFF Local 1427.

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Mass Firefighter Charged With Soliciting Minor in RI

A Massachusetts firefighter has been arrested in Rhode Island on charges that he solicited sex from an undercover police officer posing online as a 14-year old girl. Edward Mathias, 40, a ten-year veteran of the Fall River Fire Department, was arrested earlier this week when he attempted to meet the girl in Rhode Island.

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