Tag Archives: breach of contract

NJ City Sued For Reverse Discrimination by Firefighter Candidates

Nine prospective firefighters who were offered jobs with the City of Englewood, New Jersey have filed suit claiming the last minute decision to withdraw the job offers constituted breach of contract and reverse discrimination. The candidates were given conditional job offers by the city, and completed all of the prerequisites to start the fire academy on April 15.

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Fired Washington Chief Sues for $1.4 Million

A Washington fire chief who was terminated following a vote of no-confidence by the firefighters’ union, has filed suit claiming breach of contract and violation of his due process rights. Fire Chief David Bathke was fired by the City of Ocean Shores in January

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California Fire Department Suing Ferrara Over Problem Aerial

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department is suing Ferrara Fire Apparatus claiming that a $1 million aerial ladder they took delivery of in 2014 is a lemon. The apparatus, which has been out of service for the past 13 months, has experienced a number of mechanical problems that Ferrara initially addressed.

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Alaska Firefighter Awarded $780k Over Promotion

An Alaska firefighter has been awarded $778,951.69 following a jury trial that began last summer. Jeff Graham sued the City of Anchorage in Third Judicial District Court back in 2015 claiming he had been discriminated against on account of his ...

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Delaware Fire Company Sued For Third Time By Same Member

A volunteer fire company in Delaware is being sued for the third time by a female member who now claims she has been retaliated against on account of her previous suits. Wendy Lowe is suing the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. alleging breach of contract, due process, defamation, and civil conspiracy

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Settlement Announced in Oregon Wrongful Termination Suit

An Oregon fire chief who filed a wrongful termination suit has agreed to accept a $55,000 settlement. Chief Mike Balzer claims he was terminated by Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District because his wife posted comments on social media that were critical of the district’s board.

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Kentucky Fire Department Sued For Breaching Lease

Today’s burning question: Our fire department has been leasing property for our fire station for $1 per year. Do we actually have to pay the $1 every year? Answer: If you don’t, you risk a lawsuit by the owner who may that claim that since you breached the lease, you owe him more than just a dollar a year. He may seek to have the lease nullified.

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Idaho Chief’s Suit Survives Summary Judgment

A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the former fire marshal of Nampa, Idaho survived a motion for summary judgment last week. Deputy Chief Doug Strosnider was fired in May, 2014 after he sent notices to two property owners about installing fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

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Oregon Chief Claims He Was Fired Over Wife’s Social Media Postings

Today’s burning question: Can I be fired from my job as a fire chief because my wife criticizes my bosses on social media? Answer: Chances are your bosses will find another reason to fire you if they were upset about your wife’s social media activities. That is what former Cannon Beach Fire Chief Mike Balzer claims happened to him.

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Virginia Firefighters Claim City Failed to Pay EMS Incentive

Eleven current and former firefighters from Winchester, Virginia have filed suit against the city and former Fire Chief Frank Wright claiming they were wrongfully denied thousands of dollars in incentive pay dating back to 2006. The lawsuit filed last Friday in Winchester Circuit Court is listed as a breach of contract action in the court file.

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Michigan Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A Michigan fire chief who was wrongly accused of criminal misconduct and terminated, has filed suit against a township alleging defamation, malicious prosecution, and retaliation for testifying in an earlier case. Marquette Township fire chief Bob Sims was suspended last December and terminated in February, 2015.

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Florida County Contemplates Suing Departed Firefighter for Cost of Training

Today’s burning question: I signed an agreement with my former fire department requiring me to repay them for the costs of my paramedic training if I did not remain with the department for at least two-years. A few months after I completed the training I was offered a position with a larger fire department, so I left. Can they really sue me?

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