Spokane Fire Confronts Hazing of Probies

The Spokane Fire Department is reviewing an investigative report into allegations of hazing and bullying of probationary employees at one of their fire stations. The investigation was conducted by the city’s Human Resource department who interviewed 30 members.

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Fired FDNY Probie Sues Over Harassment By Colleagues

An FDNY probie who washed out during his first year, has filed suit alleging he was subjected to an assortment of outrageous conduct by his coworkers. Michael Tronia filed suit last Friday alleging discrimination under federal, state and local law; assault and battery; retaliation; and Constitutional violations.

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Former Wisconsin Fire Chief Prevails in Defamation Suit

A fire chief who was fired in 2016 following allegations that he told a female subordinate that she should resign when their affair ended, has prevailed in a defamation suit against her. Former Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba was initially demoted and then fired after Mary Jo Hoppe accused him of sexual harassment

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Kansas City Firefighter Not Guilty in Spitting Incident

A Kansas City, Missouri firefighter who was accused of spitting on an African American child in a Hooters restaurant in a highly publicized case, has been found not guilty on all charges. Terrence Skeen was originally charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct following the incident in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Are Kelly Days Supposed to be Paid or Unpaid Days Off

Today’s burning question: Does the FLSA require Kelly days to be paid or unpaid? Answer: The short answer is the FLSA does not require Kelly days to be paid or unpaid. That decision is left entirely up to the employer and employee to decide. As you might imagine different departments choose to handle it differently.

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Texas Lieutenant Sues For Whistleblower Violation

A Texas lieutenant who was fired for being AWOL on December 23, 2017, is suing his department claiming that his discipline is retaliation for his whistleblowing. Jeramie Casiano was a lieutenant Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department

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San Diego Captain Sues For Sexual Harassment

A captain with the San Diego Fire Department has filed a sexual harassment and discrimination suit that names the city, the San Diego Fire Department, two deputy chiefs and a fellow captain. Sara Alfaro filed the 11-count, 45-page suit on April 20, 2018 in San Diego County Superior Court.

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NY Firefighter Appeals Disability Ruling

A firefighter who was terminated in 2014, is appealing a trial court decision to dismiss several of his disability related claims despite the fact that most of his suit remains intact. Daryl R. Prindle was terminated from the Norwich Fire Department on October 29, 2014 for failing to maintain his EMT certification and a driver’s license

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