Tag Archives: ADA

Hawaii Firefighter Loses Stress Related Discrimination Suit

A lieutenant who was initially demoted and then fired due to his inability to function under stress, has lost his lawsuit claiming disability discrimination. Randy L. Baab, a firefighter at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, claims he developed a stress related disability in 2014 after an assistant chief “yelled at” him during a training exercise.

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Georgia Firefighter Sues Over PTSD Related Termination

A Georgia firefighter who was prevented from returning to duty after taking stress-related medical leave is suing his department claiming disability discrimination. Timothy Smallwood filed suit against Forsyth County alleging a violation of Americans With Disabilities Act.

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NH Firefighter Alleges Age and Disability Discrimination

A former firefighter in New Hampshire is suing his company officer and his fire department accusing both of age discrimination, disability discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Benjamin P. Noyes filed suit law week against the City of Dover.

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Sick Leave and Hypocrisy

Today’s burning question: My fire department has a sick leave policy that states "Members of the Department on sick leave, when not hospitalized, are expected to remain at home, unless authorized by a physician for light duty." There are exceptions for medical care, prescriptions, etc. Is this a legal and supportable policy?

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Orono Chief’s Age Discrimination Suit Headed to Trial

A Maine fire chief who was terminated in 2012 is one step closer to his day in court. Orono Fire Chief Norman “Buddy” Webb was fired on June 14, 2012. Chief Webb filed suit alleging age and disability discrimination as well as retaliation for having filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission

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Utah Captain Sues For Gender and Disability Discrimination

A Utah fire captain who was terminated after she was unable to take a physical abilities test for medical reasons, has filed suit in federal court alleging both gender and disability discrimination. Captain Dawnya Halliday claims that a physical abilities test adopted by the Saratoga Springs Fire Department in 2012 unlawfully discriminates against women.

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Diabetic Syracuse Firefighter Ordered Reinstated

A Syracuse, New York firefighter who was fired in 2013 because of diabetic episodes at work, has been ordered to be rehired and awarded backpay. John Williams was fired by the city over concerns that his diabetes was not being properly managed. Williams appealed his termination to the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court

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NJ Firefighter Claims Failure to Accommodate ADD

A New Jersey firefighter is suing his fire department and fire chief claiming they failed to accommodate his attention deficit disorder. Timothy Eosso is suing the Township of Edison and Fire Chief Brian Latham claiming they failed to adopted promotional procedures that would accommodate his disability...

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Monocular Vision Not a Per Se Barrier to Fire Service

Anthony Rorrer was a firefighter for the Stow (Ohio) Fire Department from May of 1999 to July 4, 2008, when a bottle-rocket injured his right eye in an off-duty accident. Rorrer lost all vision in his right eye leading the fire department to eventually terminate his employment.

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