Fire Law Roundup for February 6, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for February 6, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a ruling that the Jacksonville Fire Department’s no-beard rule is not discriminatory racially or disability-wise because it is based on an OSHA-requirement; a Palm Beach County firefighter convicted of wire fraud related to a charity; a lawsuit filed by a Kansas City, Kansas firefighter claiming he was the victim of race discrimination and retaliation; an age-discrimination suit filed against the Rochester (MN) Fire Department; and the termination of three Memphis firefighters following the death of Type Nichols.

Court Upholds No-Beard Rule for Jacksonville Firefighters

Former Florida Firefighter Convicted of Wire Fraud

KCK Firefighter Alleges Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Minnesota Fire Department Facing Age Discrimination Suit

Three Memphis Firefighters Terminated Over the Death of Tyre Nichols

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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