Nebraska Firefighter Files Sexual Discrimination Suit

A Nebraska firefighter has filed suit alleging she has been discriminated against and harassed on account of her gender, and then retaliated against after she reported the discrimination. Amber Benson, a firefighter with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, filed suit in state court against the City of Lincoln, the mayor, the public safety director, the HR director, the fire chief, two BCs, and two captains.

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Mississippi Fire Chief Sues for Reverse Discrimination

A Mississippi fire chief is among three local officials who claim they were fired by the city of Clarksdale last year on account of their race. Fire Chief Obert Douglas along with Municipal Judge Joseph Cobb Gibbs, and City Attorney Curtis Boschert were fired on July 10, 2017, ten days after Mayor Chuck Espy took office.

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Minnesota City Settles Pension Surplus Suit

A Minnesota city has agreed to settle a dispute with its firefighters over an unusual problem: what to do with a $1.5 million pension surplus. The City of Maplewood filed suit against the Maplewood Fire Relief Association earlier this year following the city’s decision to eliminate part-time firefighters in favor of a full-time department.

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West Virginia Firefighters Sue for Holiday Pay

Thirty-seven current and former Martinsburg firefighters have filed suit claiming the city failed to pay them holiday pay in accordance with state law. The suit was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court by IAFF Local 805 President Mark Stroop on behalf of three captains, six lieutenants, 26 firefighters and two retirees

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Judge Dismisses Virginia Beach Cheating Scandal Suit

A lawsuit filed by four Virginia Beach firefighters over a promotional cheating scandal has been dismissed because the judge claims the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case. The firefighters filed the suit in March after it was confirmed that at least two firefighters were given advanced information about what would be on the tactical portion of the exam

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San Bruno Firefighter Claims Male Colleagues Harassed Him

A veteran San Bruno firefighter has filed suit against the City of San Bruno and four firefighters accusing them of creating a sexually hostile work environment dating back to 2010. Jon Priolo filed suit in San Mateo County Superior Court naming the city, Ben Minkin, Tyler Charles, Sean Berube and Chris De La Cruz as defendants.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Agency Fees for Public Sector Unions

In a long-awaited decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that public-sector unions may not require the payment of an agency fee from non-members. Handed down today in Janus v. AFSCME, the decision was based on the First Amendment concerns of non-union members who objected to having to financially support a union against their beliefs.

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Firefighters Must Pay Federal Signal’s Attorneys Fees In Hearing Loss Loss

The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling awarding Federal Signal Corporation more than $127,000 in legal fees and costs from a group of eleven Washington DC firefighters. The suit was originally filed against E-One, Inc., Pierce Manufacturing, Inc, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, and Federal Signal Corporation for product liability associated with their hearing loss.

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Charlotte Firefighters’ Pension Suit Headed To Trial

A group of 70 former Charlotte firefighters are one step closer to having their day in court, as a judge ruled today that their dispute over how pensions are calculated should go to a jury. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 and claimed the city’s method of calculating pension payments left them with only 86% of what they were owed.

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