Fired Iowa Chief Sues for Age and Sex Discrimination

Former Davenport fire chief Lynn Washburn has filed suit against the city and city manager Corrin Spiegel over her termination in 2017. The state court suit alleges age discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, invasion of privacy, blacklisting in violation of Iowa Code Chapter 730, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Jury Awards Denver Captain $146k for Retaliation

A federal court jury in Denver has awarded a former captain who alleged sexual harassment and retaliation, $146,000 in compensatory damages. Colley Fisher claims her termination in 2015 was retaliation for her complaints about the “boys club” atmosphere within the Denver Fire Department. The jury agreed, handing down its’ verdict on January 16, 2019.

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FDNY Mechanic Alleges Nursing Discrimination

An FDNY mechanic has filed a notice of claim that she intends to file suit against the city for discrimination and violation of the Nursing Mothers Act. Vanessa Feeley claims she was forced to express breastmilk in public and that the city improperly docked her for nursing breaks.

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Illinois Chief Loses Suit to Block Termination

An Illinois chief who was found guilty of falsifying time sheets in 2015, has lost his effort to block his termination. Deputy Fire Chief Ronald Pieri filed suit against the Highwood Fire and Police Commission and Highwood City Manager Scott Coren earlier this year seeking to block their efforts to terminate him.

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Seattle Settles Ambulance Crash for $65.7 Million

The City of Seattle has settled an apparatus accident case with a catastrophically injured attorney for a whopping $65.7 million. The accident occurred on April 24, 2016 when a Seattle Fire Department ambulance proceeded through a red light without stopping, and collided with a Porsche 911 driven by attorney Brooke Taylor.

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Mass Firefighter Sues Fire Chief For Religious Discrimination Over Photo

A Massachusetts firefighter who was disciplined for refusing to pose for a photograph on religious grounds, is suing his fire chief for violating his First Amendment rights. Thomas Swartz, a firefighter-paramedic for the Borne Fire Department, claims Fire Chief Norman Sylvester asked him to pose for a photo, and suspended him for one-day without pay when he refused

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NY Fatal Fire Prompts Suit

The father of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a fire last year, has filed suit against the landlord, the local fire department, and a chief officer. The suit alleges the local volunteer fire department failed to call a nearby career department.

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PA Ambulance Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A Pennsylvania ambulance driver pled guilty this week to homicide charges related to a vehicle accident that resulted in the deaths of two people, including his passenger-patient. On Monday, Jeffrey R. Gable, of the Trust Ambulance pled guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault by vehicle, and three summary traffic violations.

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NJ Captain Sues Over Injuries

A Camden fire captain who was seriously injured at a fire last year has filed suit against the city claiming the fire chief’s decision to assign him two probationary firefighters was responsible for his injuries. Captain Robert Eckert was injured January 31, 2018 when he was struck in the head by a hose coupling.

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Clumsy Plaintiffs and Standpipes

Today’s burning question: I was walking in an older part of the city of [redacted] recently when I tripped and fell, hitting an uncapped standpipe connection on the way down. The edge of the standpipe was jagged and rusty. I now have a significant injury to my face as a result that required plastic surgery. Can I sue the fire department for my injury?

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Washington Captain Settles Religious Discrimination Claims for $1 Million

A Washington fire captain who was terminated for ignoring orders to stop sending religious-themes emails over the department’s email system has reached a settlement of his First Amendment religious discrimination suit. Former Spokane Valley captain Jon Sprague has agreed to settle his suit against the Spokane Valley Fire Department for close to $1 million.

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