Tag Archives: retaliation

Fired Washington Chief Sues for $1.4 Million

A Washington fire chief who was terminated following a vote of no-confidence by the firefighters’ union, has filed suit claiming breach of contract and violation of his due process rights. Fire Chief David Bathke was fired by the City of Ocean Shores in January

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Burning Question on Retaliation and the FLSA

Today’s burning question: My fire department has been miscalculating our overtime pay, so we filed suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The fire department responded by requiring a doctor’s note for all sick leave of two consecutive days or more. Isn’t that retaliation? Answer: Retaliation is a question of fact, but if the fire department did alter your working conditions the department could be facing additional damages for retaliation.

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Mount Vernon Firefighter Alleges Retaliation and Race Discrimination

A Mount Vernon firefighter who served briefly as deputy fire commissioner has filed suit against the city, the mayor, a captain and a chief accusing them of harassment, race discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower violations. Ernest Richardson filed suit against the City of Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Mayor Richard Thomas, Ops Chief al Farid Salahuddin and Captain Michael St. John.

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Pensacola Chiefs Vindicated By $575k Settlement

Two former chief officers of the Pensacola Fire Department have settled their lawsuits against the city for the sum of $575,000. Interim Chief Matthew Schmitt and Deputy Chief Joseph Glover filed separate lawsuits back in 2016 accusing the city of race discrimination and retaliation.

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Texas Whistleblower Suit Removed to Federal Court

A whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year by a fired Texas firefighter, has been removed to federal court. Todd Anthony Foust was terminated last year by the City of Corinth and the Lake Cities Fire Department. He claims that he was terminated in retaliation for complaints he made about firefighters using tobacco products as well as complaints he made about his captain.

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Jury Awards LA Firefighter $2.75 Million For Retaliation

A veteran LA City firefighter who claims he was ostracized after complaining about the way the city’s dive team was being run, has been awarded $2.75 million for retaliation by a superior court jury. Stephen Meiche claims that after he reported that dive team members had improperly destroyed and discarded property bought with federal UASI funds, he was “ostracized".

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Georgia Firefighter Loses Sexual Harassment Suit

A Marietta, Georgia firefighter not only lost her sexual harassment lawsuit, she was ordered to pay the city’s costs in an order handed down last week. Former Lieutenant Margaret Richardson filed suit last year alleging sex discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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NJ Fire Chief Demoted After Filing Suit

A New Jersey fire chief who sued his bosses earlier this year, has been demoted. Plainfield Fire Chief Frank Tidwell filed suit claiming city officials were conspiring to force him into retirement. Last Friday, the city released a statement that he was being demoted...

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Oregon Chief Awarded $500k for Wrongful Termination

An Oregon fire chief who was terminated in 2013 after refusing to unilaterally reduce staffing was awarded $500,000 in damages last week. Fire Chief James Wenzel brought the lawsuit claiming that Klamath County Fire District No. 1 breached his employment contract and retaliated against him.

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Texas Firefighter-Soldier Claims City Fired Him Over Wage Claim

A Texas firefighter who was terminated after complaining about the way his fire department was calculating his hours and compensation while on Army reserve duty has filed suit alleging retaliation under both the USERRA and the FLSA. Bradley R. Casey was a captain with the Horseshoe Bay Fire Department.

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San Francisco EMT Sues FD and Her Colleagues for Discrimination

A former EMT with the San Francisco Fire Department is suing the department and several of her colleagues for discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation. Jennifer Galarza filed suit in San Francisco County Superior Court alleging she was wrongfully terminated and harassed because she is a lesbian.

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