Tag Archives: hazing

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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Spokane Fire Confronts Hazing of Probies

The Spokane Fire Department is reviewing an investigative report into allegations of hazing and bullying of probationary employees at one of their fire stations. The investigation was conducted by the city’s Human Resource department who interviewed 30 members.

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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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Podcast 22: Hazing, Pranks and Bullying in the Fire Service

In this episode, Curt and Linda Willing discuss the cultural and legal challenges associated with hazing, pranks and bullying in the fire service. Linda is a retired fire officer from the Boulder Fire Department and a noted author, columnist and lecturer. She is the author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories.

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Firefighter’s Mom Seeks Change In Culture

The mother of deceased Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorf is sounding off about her daughter’s death and the culture of bullying that contributed to it. Marde Clardy was quoted by WUSA Channel 9 as saying “No other parent needs to live with what I’ve gone through.”

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Texas Firefighters Terminated Over Hazing Video

Six firefighters with the Westfield Fire Department were terminated yesterday following a rookie hazing that was captured on video. The video shows a firefighter strapped to a backboard having water and an assortment of food items dumped on him by his colleagues.

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FDNY Sued Over Sexual Assault Hazing

An African American FDNY probie who claims he was sexually assaulted during a hazing ritual at his new firehouse, has filed a 38 page federal lawsuit naming the city of New York, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, a lieutenant and three firefighters.

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Plea Deal Reached in Texas Hazing

A plea deal has been reached in the sexual assault-hazing incident that occurred last year in Ellis County, Texas. In January, 2015 five firefighters sodomized firefighter Jason Waldeck with a sausage and a broom handle. The girlfriend of one of the firefighters filmed the hazing with her cellphone camera.

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FDNY Hazing Prank Prompts Discipline

FDNY has taken disciplinary action against seven firefighters over a hazing incident involving an African American firefighter. The New York Post citing unofficial sources reported that firefighters pranked a member by putting his locker in a bathroom. FDNY has refused to identify the members involved or release any details about the incident.

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Nebraska Captain Claims He was Victim of Retaliation

A Lincoln, Nebraska fire captain who claims he has been subjected to retaliation since he reported the harassment of recruits in 2011, has filed suit in federal court. Troy Hurd filed suit in US District court last Friday against the City of Lincoln and six ranking officers in the fire department.

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Jacksonville Investigating Offensive Computer Photo

Jacksonville Fire Rescue and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are investigating a prank photo left on a fire department computer depicting a firefighter with a Middle Eastern sounding last name as a possible case of harassment. The doctored photo set as the computer’s screensaver depicts the firefighter with a fake beard juxtaposed with a skull adorned with a Santa cap and includes the words "Jingle BOMBS"

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