Fire Law Roundup for December 11, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for December 11, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit challenging the Cleveland Fire Department’s physical abilities test as discriminatory against women; an FLSA overtime suit in Brookline, Massachusetts; a locker search case accusing the City of Pawtucket of violating the Fourth Amendment rights of the firefighters whose lockers were searched; a wrongful termination suit brought by a female firefighter who was dismissed after reporting her ex-boyfriend (also a firefighter) with domestic assault; and an FLSA overtime suit brought by 26 fire inspectors against FDNY.

Women Claim Cleveland Fire Department’s Hiring Process is Discriminatory

Massachusetts Firefighters Alleged Overtime Violations

Firehouse Locker Search in Rhode Island Leads to Federal Suit

Colorado Firefighter Claims Termination Was Retaliation for Reporting Domestic Assault

FDNY Fire inspectors File FLSA Overtime Suit

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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