Fire Law Roundup for August 1, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for August 1, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a gender discrimination suit by two chief officers in the Tulsa Fire Department; a ruling by the Texas Court of Appeals holding that backpay for wrongly suspended firefighters must be calculated on a week-by-week basis; the settlement of a discrimination suit by a firefighter in Portland, Oregon who was medically separated; a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals holding that fire departments are not immune from suits for gross negligence; and the filing of a defamation suit in South Carolina by a former fire chief against the mayor who dismissed him.

Here is the link for Brad’s EMS Billing Compliance video(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNy6b6p21hk&list=PLe3QEyJEsN-zgOiiwB8QDSE96XsEfH-j1&index=6

Here are the links to this week’s discussions:

·      Texas Firefighter Backpay Must Be Calculated Week-By-Week

·      Portland Settles Suit with Firefighter for $93,000

·      Court Rules Fire Department Not Immune From Liability For EMS Gross Negligence

·      Fired South Carolina Fire Chief Sues Mayor for Defamation

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 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) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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