Ohio Chief Appeals Dismissal

An Ohio fire chief who was fired two weeks ago has filed suit to appeal his termination. Fire Chief Porter “Chip” Welch filed suit today asking the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court to reverse his removal from the Scioto Township Fire Department. Chief Welch was terminated by the township’s trustees on August 16, 2018.

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Arkansas Firefighter Loses Substitution-Related FMLA Claim

A federal judge in Arkansas has ruled that a change to a fire department’s policy on substitutions did not violate the FMLA, nor constitute retaliation against a firefighter who prompted the change. Eric Andersen filed suit last February against the Springdale Fire Department and three chief officers.

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Ohio Firefighter Awarded $3.35 Million for Sexual Harassment

A former Ohio firefighter who claimed she has been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination has been awarded $3.35 million in damages by a federal jury. Amie Morningstar accused the Circleville Fire & EMS Department, the City of Circleville, and Fire Chief Marc Zingarelli of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, equal pay violations, retaliation...

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Burning Question: Wilmington LODD Suit, Civil Rights Violation, and Deliberate Indifference

Today’s burning question: I saw your article on the Wilmington LODD lawsuit and do not understand why the families of the deceased firefighters would bother suing the city for a civil rights violation. Answer: Civil rights suits are viewed by some attorneys as a strategic “end around” the tort defenses that fire departments would typically raise in cases like this. Whether the strategy will actually work is another story.

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Oakland Dismissed from San Pablo Avenue Fire Suit

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has dismissed the City of Oakland from a lawsuit over the deaths of four people in fire at a halfway house last year. Judge Brad Seligman ruled that the state’s immunity laws shielded the city from liability despite criticism that fire inspectors did “too little too late”.

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Anaheim Firefighter Claims Gender and Ethnicity Discrimination

A firefighter who was let go prior to the end of her probationary period with the Anaheim Fire Department has filed suit claiming she was the victim of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination on account of her Mexican ancestry. Anna Araujo filed suit earlier this month in Orange County Superior Court.

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Wilmington Brownout LODD Suit Filed

The long-awaited suit brought by three seriously injured Wilmington, Delaware firefighters along with the families of three firefighters who died in a building fire in 2016 was filed today in US District Court for the District of Delaware. The fire on September 24, 2016 claimed the lives of Lieutenant Christopher Leach, FF Ardythe Hope, and FF Jerry Fickes.

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Demo Derby Injury Prompts Suit Against Ohio Fire Department

A man who was injured at a demolition derby hosted by an Ohio fire department has filed suit against the department and two of its organizers. Jeffrey Gilger filed suit against the Negley Volunteer Fire Department Association and two event organizers claiming that he was injured at an event at the Rogers fire station on October 8, 2017.

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Missouri Local Files Three Suits Over Pay Issues

Firefighters in St. Charles, Missouri have filed three suits against the city alleging the city has been underpaying them. St. Charles Firefighters IAFF Local 757 claims the city owes them over $300,000 and the dispute is driving firefighters out of the department.

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Pennsylvania Teen Charged With Stealing Fire Truck

A former junior firefighter with the Strinestown Community Fire Department has been charged with stealing one of the department’s fire trucks and taking it for a joyride last Sunday. The youth was observed on surveillance video using a stolen Ford Explorer to push in an overhead door to access the fire station.

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Texas Lieutenant Loses Progressive Discipline Appeal

A Texas lieutenant who was suspended indefinitely for being rude on an emergency run, and who convinced an independent hearing examiner that the penalty violated principles of progressive discipline, has lost his appeal to keep his job. Lt. Fabian Scott Butler of the Big Spring Fire Department was suspended following a run to the Federal Correction Institute at Big Spring.

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Burning Question on Different Rates Of Pay

Today’s burning question: Can a municipality change your pay rate depending on the job/situation? Answer: There is nothing in the Fair Labor Standards Act that prohibits an employer from playing employees different rates of pay when working in different jobs, or even working the same job at different times.

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