Burning Question on What To Do If A Subordinate or Coworker Sues

Today’s burning question: One of my subordinates filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the fire department, the fire chief, the deputy chief and 75 John Does. Many members don’t want to work with her and are concerned about being formally named in the lawsuit. Can the city put her on paid leave pending the results of an investigation? Is there any case law that you can think of off the top of your head?

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Suit By Chicago Firefighter Assaulted By Officer To Continue

A Chicago firefighter who claims he was punched by his lieutenant and knocked unconscious at a post-incident review last year, has survived a motion to dismiss his federal court case. John Copeland filed suit last year against Lt. Leonard Johnson and the City of Chicago for a violation of his civil rights and several state law counts.

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Shift Captains and Administrative Captains Working Overtime

Today’s burning question: We have both shift captains (24 hours-on, 48 hours-off) and administrative captains (8 hour days – 5 days a week). Both are considered to be non-exempt (eligible for overtime). Why can't the department allow the administrative captains to work OT on shifts?

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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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