FDNY HR Manager Sues Claiming Discrimination and Retaliation

A civilian manager in FDNY’s human resources division has filed suit claiming he was wrongfully passed over for promotion to Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources, and then retaliated against when he filed a complaint with the EEOC. David Ogula filed suit last week in US District Court naming the City of New York, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, and two deputy commissioners.

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California Captain Files Third Race Discrimination Suit in Seven Years

A Montebello fire captain who sued the department for race discrimination in 2013 and 2017, has filed his third race discrimination lawsuit. Captain Vernon Creswell filed suit yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging for retaliation, disability discrimination, and violation of the California Firefighter Procedural Bill of Rights.

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Demoted California Captain Seeks New Hearing

A fire captain in Selma, California who was demoted earlier this year, has filed suit claiming the city failed to provide him with proper notice and an opportunity to be heard at an appellate hearing before the city council. Eric Beasley filed suit in Fresno County Superior Court naming the City of Selma, the fire chief and the city manager.

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California Battalion Chief Claims Age Discrimination & Harassment

A battalion chief with the El Segundo Fire Department has filed suit claiming he has been subjected to years of age-related harassment intended to drive him off the department. Battalion Chief Shawn Bonfield filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week alleging two counts of discrimination and harassment.

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Utica Firefighter Loses Appeal of Termination

The appeal of a Utica firefighter who was terminated for engaging in lewd behavior in the firehouse in 2018 has been rejected by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. Richard J. Forte was fired following a police investigation into semen found on the pants of a female firefighter.

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Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Orlando and Former Fire Chief

An assistant chief with the Orlando Fire Department has filed suit accusing a former fire chief of sexual harassment, and the city with failing to address it. Assistant Chief Dawn R. Sumter filed suit yesterday in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida naming the City of Orlando and former Fire Chief Roderick Williams as defendants.

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Nova Scotia OHS Division Files Charges Against Fire School Over LODD

Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Division has cited the Nova Scotia Firefighting School with two charges in connection with the death of a firefighter last year. Truro firefighter Skyler Blackie died on March 20, 2019, eleven days after he was injured in an explosion at the Nova Scotia Firefighting School.

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Nevada Court Rules Las Vegas Not Liable For Non-Transport of Patient

The Nevada Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and two EMTS alleging negligence for failing to transport a patient to the hospital. The suit was filed by Larry Porchia who claims that on August 26, 2015 2015, he was experiencing stomach pains and “hot flashes.”

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FDNY Coverup Suit Dismissed

A lawsuit accusing FDNY of covering up the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a firefighter in 2018, has been dismissed. Fire Marshal Scott P. Specht claimed his bosses ordered him to falsely attribute the cause of a fire on the set of a Bruce Willis movie to a boiler, and retaliated against him when he refused to go along.

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Mississippi Lieutenant Files Two Suits against City

A Mississippi fire lieutenant who claims he was passed over for promotion on several occasions, has filed two lawsuits in federal court against his department. Lt. Lonnie Johnson filed suit against the City of Laurel alleging a USERRA violation and a violation of the FLSA.

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