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Terminated Philly Recruit Alleges Beard-Related Religious Discrimination

A recruit firefighter who was dismissed from the Philadelphia Fire Department’s fire academy in 2019 for refusing to shave his beard, has filed suit alleging religious discrimination. Malcolm Lindsay filed suit alleging religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

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Philly Not Liable for Fire Deaths

The City of Philadelphia will not have to pay damages to the estates of three people who died in a fire in 2018, according to a US Third Circuit of Appeals ruling handed down today. While the facts may have made for a rather compelling case, in the end the law was on the city’s side.

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Philadelphia and IAFF Local 22 Prevail in Suit by Terminated Firefighter

A Philadelphia firefighter who was terminated following his second conviction for driving under the influence, has lost his civil suit against the city and Philadelphia Firefighters IAFF Local 22. Andrew Addeo was fired on September 28, 2015, following his arrest and conviction earlier in the year. Addeo had previously been charged with DUI in 2012.

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Philadelphia Captain Loses Race Discrimination Suit Over BC Test

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Philadelphia captain who claims his test scores for promotion to battalion chief were tossed in retaliation for previous race discrimination claims he made. Captain James Williamson filed suit against the Philadelphia Fire Department last year claiming race discrimination and retaliation.

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Philly Medic Facing Discipline for Texting while Driving

A Philadelphia Fire Department medic is facing discipline following the posting of a video on Facebook showing him texting while driving an ambulance to the hospital. The video was posted by Ebony Clarke, the mother of a patient, Jeron, who was being transported to the hospital for a head injury.

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Use of Firefighter’s Photo In Sex Scandal Story Prompts Suit

A decorated Philadelphia firefighter is suing the New York Daily News claiming that in January when the paper was covering a major sex scandal in the Philadelphia Fire Department, it wrongly used his photo and name implying he was somehow involved. Francis Cheney II filed suit against the paper in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas on February 11, 2015. The case was removed to US District Court last week by the Daily News.

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Family Demands Criminal Charges in Philly LODD

Following the release of an internal investigation into the death of a Philadelphia firefighter in December, the firefighter’s family is speaking out demanding that criminal charges be filed against those in the department who were responsible. FF Joyce Craig was killed on December 9, 2014 at a basement fire where she was separated from her crew. She activated the emergency button on her radio but was not located for another 17 minutes.

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Philly Union Responds to Sex Scandal Allegations

The sex scandal in Philadelphia took a strange twist Friday with IAFF Local 22 going on the offensive claiming the department forced the alleged victim to file a complaint. Union President Joseph Schulle criticized the city for releasing a heavily redacted version of an investigative report and suggested that the release of the full report would show flaws on the fire department’s part.

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