Chicago Fire Discrimination Suit to Proceed

In a ruling handed down yesterday, the City of Chicago was successful in getting part of a sexual discrimination suit brought against the fire department dismissed, but the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ruled that a female fire-paramedic candidate who filed an earlier suit in 2016 will be allow to pursue certain of her claims in a second suit filed last year.

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Illinois Fire Department Prevails in Wrongful Death Suit

The Illinois Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling granting summary judgment to a fire department sued for the wrongful death of a woman in 2014. The family of Amanda Gary filed suit against the City of Calumet alleging that the negligence of fire department paramedics caused her death.

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California Criminalizes Phototaking By Emergency Responders

The State of California has become the latest state to enact a law making it a criminal offense for a first responder to take certain photos at emergency scenes. Introduced in the California Legislature under the title of “Invasion of privacy: first responders”, the legislation was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 28, 2020.

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Farmington, Maine Explosion Victims Sue Companies Responsible for Blast

The family of a Maine firefighter who was killed in gas explosion last year, has filed suit today against two companies claimed to be responsible. The estate of Farmington Fire Department Captain Michael Bell and six Farmington firefighters filed suit in Franklin County Superior Court naming CN Brown and Techno Metal Post ME as defendants.

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NJ Court Orders Firefighter Reinstated

A New Jersey firefighter who was terminated in 2017 over an issue with residency documentation submitted with his application, has been ordered reinstated with backpay by the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court. Christopher D'Amico was fired by the City of Plainfield because he altered an insurance card by accurately adding his address.

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Houston Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $275k

The City of Houston has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice on behalf of a female firefighter alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. The settlement puts to rest a contentious case that originally involved two female firefighters that dates back to 2009.

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RI Fire District Sued For Overtime Violations

A Rhode Island firefighter has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that a local fire district violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and after being found to be in violation by the US Department of Labor, persisted in refusing to pay back wages owed. James Almagno filed suit today in US District Court naming the Central Coventry Fire District.

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Texas Firefighter Recruit Loses Retaliation Suit

A Texas firefighter recruit who was injured and resigned from the fire academy, has lost a civil rights lawsuit contending he was forced to resign in retaliation for his exercise of his First Amendment rights. Bryce Baker filed suit earlier this year against the City of Arlington alleging he was harassed and badgered into resigning.

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Nevada Fire Department and BC Sued For Wrongful Death

A Nevada fire department and a battalion chief are facing a wrongful death suit over a 2018 accident that killed two people. The Central Lyon County Fire Protection District and BC Brett Larkin are being sued by the family of Joseph House Jr., who died in a motor vehicle accident on August 21, 2018.

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Colorado Fire Department Investigating Facebook Post

The Aurora Fire Department is investigating allegations that a social media post by a ranking officer was inappropriate and racially offensive. The post reportedly depicted a man in military attire and stated ““This is what a HERO looks like…unlike the whiny pathetic professional athletes that think they are special.”

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