Firefighter Accuses Colleagues of Creating Hostile Work Environment Over His Obesity

A morbidly obese firefighter from Long Island has filed suit claiming his colleagues created a hostile work environment that violated federal and state disability discrimination laws. John Munro claims that the Hauppaugue Fire Department and the Hauppaugue Fire District violated the American with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law by failing to stop “brutal and persistent ridicule and harassment” related to his weight.

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Florida Captains Sue Under the FLSA

Sixteen captains in Marion County, Florida who are being treated as exempt executives under the Fair Labor Standards Act have filed suit in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida claiming they should be treated as non-exempt employees entitled to overtime.

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Fire Law VLOG with Attorney Brian Massatt

In today’s episode, firefighter-attorney Brian Massatt answers an advanced overtime question on a firefighter who is substituting for another firefighter, and who ends up working beyond that firefighter’s scheduled shift. Today is the second day of the three-day FLSA Conference ...

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YCMTSU as Jersey Shore Meets FDNY

A reality TV star who was hired as an EMT for FDNY has filed a sexual harassment suit against the city and an EMS Lieutenant who reportedly groped her. Angelia Pivarnick filed suit this week claiming two male lieutenants subjected her to a sexually hostile work environment.

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Fire Law VLOG

This is our first Fire Law VLOG, with several more expected this week as we deliver the Fair Labor Standards Act for Fire Departments program in Westminster, Colorado. Also in the fire law news today...

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Michigan Firefighter Sues Claiming Sexual Harassment

A firefighter in Saginaw, Michigan has filed suit alleging sexual harassment. Chelsea Powers filed suit last week in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan accusing the Saginaw Charter Township Fire Department, Fire Chief Jim Peterson, and Assistant Chief Jim Berent of allowing her to be harassed by her colleagues.

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Utah Widow Suing CalFire Over Tanker Related LODD

The widow of Utah battalion chief killed last year while deployed at a wildland fire in California, is suing CalFire, the owner of a 747 airtanker, and two Cal Fire firefighters. Heather Burchett filed suit for the wrongful death of Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, of the Draper City Fire Department

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NC Firefighter Charged In Bizarre Kidnapping

A firefighter paramedic with the Dunn, North Carolina, Emergency Services has been charged with kidnapping a fire academy student. And that is not the most bizarre part of this story. The alleged victim of the kidnapping, a 19-year-old student in the Johnston Community College Fire Academy, reportedly had lewd pictures of the firefighter's daughter.

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NY Firefighter Cannot Sue Colleague For Vehicle Accident

A lawsuit filed by a volunteer firefighter who was injured in a rollover accident while responding to a reported structure fire, has been dismissed by a New York Supreme Court judge. Robert E. Lee was injured on January 19, 2016 when he and Kyle M. Verstraete were responding in Kyle’s father’s truck. Both were members of the Marbletown Volunteer Fire Department.

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