KCK Firefighter Loses Residency Suit

A Kansas firefighter who was terminated for violating the city’s residency policy, has lost his federal court lawsuit to get his job back. Todd Coleman was fired by the Kansas City Fire Department who claimed he spent more than 50% of his time outside of Wyandotte County.

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Revenge Porn Leads to Sexual Harassment Allegations in Las Vegas Fire

An attorney for a Las Vegas firefighter has put the department and union leadership on notice that a lawsuit may be coming in regards to sexual harassment allegations involving revenge porn. Attorney Jenny Foley told Channel 13 News that Fire Chief William McDonald, IAFF Local 1285 President Eric Littman and others have been instructed to take steps to preserve any evidence currently in their possession related to the case.

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Connecticut Court Sidesteps Firefighter Medical Marijuana Challenge

The Superior Court of Connecticut in Waterbury handed down a decision earlier this month that raised four important questions: Can a fire department discipline a firefighter who tests positive for marijuana if the member is legally authorized to use medical marijuana? Are last chance agreements of over one year enforceable? Does a last chance agreement supersede a collective bargaining agreement...

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San Francisco Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $575,000

The City of San Francisco has agreed to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by a female firefighter who accused colleagues of spreading feces in her bathroom and urinating in her bed. Suzanne Montes filed suit last year claiming she was repeatedly harassed while assigned to Station 2 in Chinatown.

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Federal Claims Dismissed in Arizona EMS Assault Case

A lawsuit filed in 2015 against the City of Glendale and two Glendale firefighters over an altercation with a patient has been partially resolved by a US District Court judge. Chief District Court Judge G. Murray Snow dismissed all federal claims brought by the family of James Murillo, and remanded the case to state court to address the remaining state law claims.

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Overtime, Vacation Credit, and the FLSA

Today’s burning question: My fire department if we work overtime during a work period during which we take vacation, rather than pay overtime for the extra hours worked, they credit back vacation time. Our HR and Fire Chief claim it is against the law (FLSA) to be paid overtime and receive vacation hours in the same time work period. Is this true?

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Atlanta Settles With Chief Cochran for $1.2 Million

The City of Atlanta has agreed to settle a wrongful termination and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Chief Cochran was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed in 2015 over a self-published book the chief authored about his religious beliefs. Reed believed the book was critical of homosexuality.

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NJ Fire Chief Demoted After Filing Suit

A New Jersey fire chief who sued his bosses earlier this year, has been demoted. Plainfield Fire Chief Frank Tidwell filed suit claiming city officials were conspiring to force him into retirement. Last Friday, the city released a statement that he was being demoted...

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