Tag Archives: Oakland Fire Department

First Suits Filed in Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

The first lawsuits have been filed in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire, accusing the building owners of negligence and wrongful death. The December 2, 2016 fire killed 36 attendees of an electronic dance music event at a warehouse named Ghost Ship. Two suits were filed Friday in Alameda County Superior Court.

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Oakland Firefighter’s Race Discrimination Claims Rejected by Jury

A federal court jury has ruled against an African American firefighter who had claimed to have been the victim of race discrimination. Ronald El-Malik Curtis claims that his firefighter co-workers harassed him because of his race. El-Malik Curtis alleged “he was subjected to a hostile work environment... experienced retaliation because he reported the racial discrimination; and that the City failed to prevent the discrimination.”

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Oakland Captain Sues for Discrimination

A veteran captain with the Oakland Fire Department who claims he was passed over for promotion to battalion chief has filed suit alleging discrimination and retaliation based upon his Native American and Hispanic descent. Captain Joseph Torres claims that Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed purposefully bypassed him in favor of caucasian and black candidates.

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