Fire Law VLOG: $2.6 Million Settlement of Retaliation Claim By California Division Chief

In this edition of Fire Law VLOG, Curt interviews Fremont, California Division Chief Diane Hendry and Attorney Deborah Kochan regarding a $2.6 Million settlement of a retaliation lawsuit. Chief Hendry came to the defense of a female recruit, which led to the retirement and/or discipline of several male officers. That is turn led to retaliation against her.

Here are some additional resources related to the case:

News Article.

Plaintiff’s Memorandum Opposing MSJ:

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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