Tag Archives: retaliation

Details Emerge About Retaliation Suit Against Charlotte Fire

Additional details are emerging about the lawsuit filed today against the Charlotte Fire Department by former fire investigator Crystal Eschert. Eschert claims that after she raised health, safety, and financial management concerns she was retaliated against by the fire department and terminated in September, 2014

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Indy Firefighter Alleges Race Discrimination and Retaliation

An Indianapolis firefighter has filed suit in federal court claiming he was “set up” by co-workers on “fabricated allegations” after he complained about being denied a training opportunity because of his race. Jason Hardister filed suit last week alleging race discrimination and retaliation.

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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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Florida Firefighter Awarded $850k

A Tallahassee firefighter who was terminated in 2013 has been awarded $850,000 in damages for retaliation, whistleblower violations, and disability discrimination. Mark DeCarlo claimed he was disciplined and ultimately terminated in retaliation for reporting safety issues within the Tallahassee Fire Department, and over a perceived psychological disability.

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Ohio Firefighter Files Sexual Harassment Suit

An Ohio firefighter who claims she has been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination has filed suit against her department and her fire chief. Amie Morningstar filed suit last week in US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio naming the Circleville Fire & EMS Department, the City of Circleville, and Fire Chief Marc Zingarelli.

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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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$1 Million Verdict For Racial Harassment and Retaliation Upheld

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has refused to overturn a $1 million jury verdict in favor of a black firefighter who claims he was harassed and retaliated against by the Montebello Fire Department. Vernon Creswell filed suit in 2013 claiming he had been the victim of race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation while a firefighter in Montebello

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Kentucky Captain Sues For Gender Discrimination

A Kentucky fire captain has filed suit against her department alleging gender-based discrimination over disciplinary charges that were filed against her last year. Middletown Fire Protection District Captain Natalie Taylor was suspended last December over comments she made about the department’s leadership at a November 20, 2014 officer's training session.

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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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NH Firefighter Claims Retaliation

A New Hampshire firefighter is suing his employer claiming he has been subject to retaliation ever since he reported a police officer for sexual harassment. Epsom firefighter Richard Bilodeau alleges that officer Brian Michael “sexually assaulted him” back in 2010 in a pizza parlor. The assault alleged happened in front of a fire captain and the police chief.

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Illinois Firefighter Suspended After Making Sexual Harassment Complaint

An Illinois firefighter who was already suing her fire department for sexual harassment was suspended last week after she filed additional harassment allegations. Country Club Hills firefighter Dena Lewis-Bystrzycki was suspended after she spoke with reporters about updated pleadings filed in her ongoing sexual harassment suit against the city.

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