Tag Archives: civil service

Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Firefighter

The termination of a Tennessee firefighter who was fired in 2015 following an off-duty altercation, has been upheld by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Paul Zachary Moss was fired by the Shelby County Fire Department following a no-contest plea to charges that he assaulted two men with a firearm.

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Collateral Damage Discipline of Boston Lieutenants Reversed

In a particularly blunt decision, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has overturned the discipline of two Boston fire lieutenants referring to them as “collateral damage for what appears to be a strategic move to counter” race discrimination allegations. Lt Marc Hayhurst and Lt Brian Summering were suspended for two tours each.

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Use of Racial Slur Warrants Termination of Boston Jake

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld the termination of a Boston firefighter for his use of the N-word in the firehouse while off-duty. Gregory R. LaVallee, a 14-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, was terminated on March 15, 2019 over an incident that occurred on December 13, 2018.

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Mass Firefighter’s Termination Upheld

A Cambridge firefighter who was suspended during his first year and then fired after the one-year anniversary of his appointment to the department, has lost his appeal to Suffolk County Superior Court that claimed he was a tenured employee. JA was hired by the Cambridge Fire Department on March 13, 2016

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Newark Firefighter Loses Appeal of Termination

A Newark firefighter who was terminated in 2016 after falling asleep in a firehouse kitchen, missing a run, and testing positive for drugs and alcohol, has lost his appeal to the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court. Antonio Cruz had asked the court to overturn a decision by the NJ Civil Service Commission

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Mass Judge Denies Stay of Civil Service Reinstatement Order

A Suffolk County Superior Court judge has refused the request of the City of Brookline, Massachusetts to stay a Massachusetts Civil Service Commission order to reinstate an African American firefighter who was terminated in 2016. The case involves firefighter Gerald Alston, whose legal problems have been chronicled here on three prior occasions.

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FDNY Applicant Loses Challenge to Physical Abilities Test

An applicant to FDNY who failed the candidate physical abilities test three times, has lost his race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit to be appointed to the department. Kevin Walker, 47, who was a priority hire, claims the PATs he failed in 2013 were unfairly administered in retaliation for his involvement in the earlier Vulcan Society case

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Iowa Chief Remains in Limbo

The fire chief of Davenport, Iowa, who won the civil service appeal of her firing two weeks ago, remains in limbo as the city mulls its options. Fire Chief Lynn Washburn was fired earlier this year by City Administrator Corri Spiegel.

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