Connecticut Dispatcher Sues Claiming Discrimination

A fire dispatcher in Connecticut who was terminated last year has filed suit in federal court alleging she was the victim of race, ethnicity, gender and age discrimination. Nancy Mayeda-Brescia filed suit yesterday against the Cromwell Fire District.

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Fire Law Vlog: Georgetown FLSA Updates

In this edition of Fire Law Vlog, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss some new updates to the FLSA that will be discussed in the upcoming FLSA for Fire Departments conference this week in Georgetown, Texas. Among the changes are amendments to the US Department of Labor regulations addressing the EAP exemptions as well changes to regular rate and fluctuating workweek.

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Trouble Again in Trenton

Three Trenton city councilwomen who have been at war with the city’s law department, have been appointed to investigate the handling of a lawsuit brought by a former fire captain. Councilwomen Kathy McBride, Marge Caldwell Wilson and Robin Vaughn were appointed last week by the full council to serve as an investigative sub-committee into a suit brought by former captain Michael Strycharz.

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Albany Prevails In Suit Over Demolition of Building After Fire

The US District Court for the Northern District of NY has concluded that the Albany Fire Department and the City were within their rights to order the demolition of a vacant rowhouse after it was badly damaged in a 2011 fire. The suit filed by the building’s owners accused the city of depriving them of their property without due process.

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Indiana EMS Cheating Scandal Costs Firefighter His Job

A cheating scandal during an EMT class in Indiana has cost one firefighter recruit his job, and led to the discipline of several others. The incident involved recruits from South Bend and Mishawaka who were taking an advanced EMT class at Memorial Hospital last summer.

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Court Allows Suit Against Fire Inspector to Move Forward

A sprinkler contractor who sued a local fire marshal and fire commissioner over the denial of a permit has survived a motion for summary judgment in US District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. Double A Corporation filed suit earlier this year against Anthony Babauta, a fire inspector for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services

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CalFire Settles With In-N-Out Burger Over 2017 Fire

A lawsuit filed by CalFire to recoup the costs associated with the Huasna Fire in 2017, has been settled with In-N-Out Burger. The fire in San Luis Obispo County burned nearly 250 acres over the course for four days and cost nearly $1.2 million to fight.

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Mississippi Noose Case Leads to Resignation

A Mississippi lieutenant who was demoted after a noose was discovered in his locker, has opted to resign rather than accept his discipline. Shelton Russell resigned from the Hattiesburg Fire Department after the appeal of his punishment was denied.

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Fort Worth Sued Over Sexual Harassment

A female firefighter who was forced to take a medical retirement from the Fort Worth Fire Department has filed a 55-page, 330-paragraph, ten-count complaint naming the city and five officers, accusing them of sexual harassment and violating her civil rights. Identified in the complaint as Jane Doe, the firefighter claims she was sexually assaulted while on-duty by supervisors.

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Prosecutors Decline to Charge Cleveland Fire Chief

Cleveland.com is reporting that Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo will not face criminal charges stemming from his collecting of signatures for Mayor Frank Jackson’s re-election campaign. Prosecutors were looking into whether Chief Calvillo violated a city charter provision involving political activities.

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NJ Firefighters File Suit Over Race Discrimination

Two former New Jersey firefighters have filed a race discrimination suit against their department. Joseph Braxton and Mark Bullock filed suit last week against the City of Linden. The suit accuses the city of race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation.

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Orders, Insubordination, Grievances and Protection

Today’s burning question: Are there any cases that address a supervisor giving an "order" that contradicts benefits/privileges secured in a collective bargaining agreement? I mean, can a supervisor give a subordinate an order that violates the collective bargaining agreement? I have been searching everywhere for such a case but cannot find one.

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