Charlotte Facing Suit From Retirees Over Sick Leave Payoff

A retired battalion chief is suing the City of Charlotte claiming the formula the city uses to calculate sick and vacation payouts to retiring firefighters is flawed.

Brian Kurzel filed the suit, and is hoping additional retirees join him. He claims the city’s calculation only gives retirees 86 percent of what they’re owed. The city contends its calculations are correct.

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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