Tag Archives: discrimination

Burning Question on At Will Employees and the Need for Just Cause

Today’s burning question: Several of my chief officers persist in asking why we can’t simply fire firefighters who are at-will employees. I have attempted to explain that termination without some basis (not necessarily just cause, but some justifiable legal basis) isn’t wise. They don’t seem to grasp what I tell them. Can you add anything that I can share with them to further my position?

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Three Terminated Mass Firefighters Sue Claiming Retaliation

Three Massachusetts firefighters who were terminated just before Christmas last year have filed separate lawsuits claiming their firing was retaliation for cooperating with a state police investigation involving their current fire chief. Capt. Rebecca Boutin, FF David Kennedy and FF Kyle Miltimore filed their suits against the City of Westfield.

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Arizona Fire District Sued Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Allegations of sexual assault and a hostile work environment have been swirling for over a year in the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District, but this week two former firefighters filed suit against the district, a former fire chief and his wife, and a current captain and his wife.

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LA Firefighter Sues for Race Discrimination

A veteran Los Angeles City firefighter has filed suit against the city and up to 100 unnamed firefighters claiming he was harassed and discriminated against because he is African American, and then retaliated against once he complained. Firefighter-Paramedic Emanuel Brown filed the suit Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Akron Facing Contempt for Promotional Paralysis Solution

The Akron Fire Department is facing possible contempt proceedings over its efforts to negotiate a new promotional process with Akron Firefighters, IAFF Local 330. The department has been prevented from promoting new officers by the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio as it wrestles with a discrimination/reverse discrimination suit brought by 31 firefighters in 2006.

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New Haven…. AGAIN!!!!!

I know a lawyer should never complain about too many law suits, but at some point you have to ask when is enough going to be enough. Another group of New Haven firefighters have filed suit over the 2003 promotional ...

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Club Valiants Settle Discrimination Suit With Philadelphia

The Club Valiants, an association of Black Philadelphia firefighters, have settled their discrimination lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia. Last November, the Club Valiants and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a discrimination suit in ...

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Another Twist in the FDNY Discrimination Case

There has been another abrupt change in the FDNY discrimination litigation. On June 1, 2010 Judge Nicholas Garaufis announced that Mary Jo White, a former Federal prosecutor, would take over the role of special master from Robert Morgenthau, who decided to withdraw. Judge Garaufis appointed ...

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Special Master Appointed to Oversee FDNY Hiring

The ongoing saga of the FDNY employment discrimination case took another turn yesterday, when  Federal District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis appointed Robert M. Morgenthau as a special master to address the FDNY’s  hiring practices. In remarkably blunt terms, Judge ...

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Brenda Lee’s $6.2 Million Verdict Overturned!!!

The California Court of Appeals, 2nd District, yesterday reversed one of the most celebrated fire service discrimination cases of the decade. LA City Firefighter Brenda Lee claimed she was harassed and discriminated against based on her race, gender and sexual ...

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