New Haven Case Takes Another Step Forward… we think….

The beleaguered and litigation weary New Haven Fire Department took another step closer to resolving the contentious and demoralizing fight over promotions that has been going on for five years. Under order from the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court in Connecticut ordered the department to certify the promotional lists for captain and lieutenant, and promote 14 of the original 20 members who claimed to be aggrieved when the department threw out the list because the racial make-up of the list did not include enough black candidates.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton issued the order on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, and without regard to the suit filed recently by black firefighters who claim the use of the list violate their Constitutional Rights. More on that story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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