NJ Firefighter Sues Claiming Sexual Harassment

A New Jersey firefighter who was terminated last year, has filed suit in state court claiming sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Kira Castellon filed suit in Middlesex County Superior Court against Arbor Hose Company 1, Inc., Piscataway Fire District 3, and Piscataway Township.

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Can a Union Waive A Firefighter’s Right To Appeal Discipline?

Today’s burning question: Can a union agree to waive a firefighter’s right to appeal as part of reaching a settlement of disciplinary charges against the firefighter? Doesn’t that deny the firefighter’s right to due process? Answer: Yes the union can and no it does not violate due process!

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Wildland LODD Prompts Lawsuit by Pilot’s Family

The family of a helicopter pilot who was killed battling the Hills Fire in California earlier this year has filed a wrongful death suit against two helicopter maintenance providers. Michael Fournier died on August 19, 2020 when the UH-1H Huey helicopter he was flying lost its hydraulics and crashed.

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Fire Officers and Overtime: Emmons v. Chesapeake

In this episode, Curt and Bill Maccarone discuss the recent decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Emmons v. City of Chesapeake on the issue of whether battalion chiefs are eligible for overtime, or if they are exempt executives. Spoiler alert: if you are a BC you will not like the decision.

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FLSA, Vacation and Shift Trades

Today’s burning question: Can a firefighter assigned to a shift position take a 24-hour vacation day and then turn around and work on a shift-trade for a person on that same shift? Answer: Great question. There is nothing in the FLSA that prohibits a firefighter from taking a vacation day and working a shift trade.

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Vermont Firefighter Charged With Assault, Resigns

A Burlington firefighter who was caught on video pushing a man, has opted to resign after he was charged with simple assault. The firefighter, Kevan Mahoney, exchanged words with the unidentified man in front of the Burlington Police Department, pushed him once and then pushed him a second time hard enough to cause the man to lose his balance.

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