Fire Law Roundup for August 14, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for August 14, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a Rhode Island superior court decision upholding the right of fire districts to charge for plan review; the grant of summary judgment to the defendants in a lawsuit filed by a New Haven assistant chief against several other staff members; a decision by the Ninth Circuit concluding that the City of Stockton fired a former in 2011 for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons; a suit filed by a Mobile firefighter who was fired last year over a tattoo, alleging race, gender, sexual orientation and religious discrimination; hostile work environment; retaliation; and violation of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment; and a defamation suit filed by a dentist who was accused by a Rochester firefighter of hosting a racist house party.

RI Court Upholds Ability of Fire Districts to Charge Plan Review Fees

New Haven Suit Tossed By Trial Court

Ninth Circuit Upholds Firing of Stockton Fire Chief in 2011

Mobile Firefighter Terminated Over Tattoo Files Discrimination Suit

Dentist’s Defamation Suit Contradicts Rochester Firefighter’s Lawsuit Over Juneteenth Spoof

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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