Tag Archives: race discrimination

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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Connecticut Dispatcher Sues Claiming Discrimination

A fire dispatcher in Connecticut who was terminated last year has filed suit in federal court alleging she was the victim of race, ethnicity, gender and age discrimination. Nancy Mayeda-Brescia filed suit yesterday against the Cromwell Fire District.

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NJ Firefighters File Suit Over Race Discrimination

Two former New Jersey firefighters have filed a race discrimination suit against their department. Joseph Braxton and Mark Bullock filed suit last week against the City of Linden. The suit accuses the city of race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation.

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NJ Firefighter Alleges Race Discrimination

A New Jersey firefighter who claims he was subjected to “severe and pervasive” race discrimination culminating in his being passed-over for promotion, has filed suit against his fire chief and the city. Chris Williams filed suit against the City of Vineland and Fire Chief Luigi Tramontana in September.

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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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Latin Music Festival Organizers Claim Police and Fire Demands Ruined Event

The organizers of a now-defunct music festival called "Pueblo Fest" are suing the host city of Tulare, California claiming its fire and police departments sabotaged the event with unreasonable requirements and excessive costs. The suit was filed by Esau and Euler Torres in US District Court naming the city, Police Chief Wes Hensley, and Fire Chief Willard Epps.

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