Fire Law Roundup for December 29, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for December 29, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss an FMLA and disability suit filed by a terminated deputy chief in Georgia; a New Jersey firefighter charged criminally with a hate crime for showing an African American colleague a noose; the guilty verdict against the firefighter-medics in the Aurora, Colorado ketamine-related death of Elijah McClain; a challenge to the no-beard rule in Houston brought by a firefighter assigned to dispatch; a $4.5 million suit filed against an Ohio fire chief for administering Narcan against a patient’s wishes; an appellate ruling upholding a $5 million verdict in favor of a terminated California firefighter; and a court filing in California to compel Google to disclose the identify behind harassing emails in a case out of Missouri.

Georgia Deputy Chief Claims Termination Violates FMLA and Disability Laws

NJ Firefighter Charged With Hate Crime for Noose

Verdict in Aurora is in: Medics Guilty of Negligent Homicide

Houston Firefighter-Dispatcher Challenges No-Beard Rule on Religious Grounds

Ohio Chief Sued for $4.5 Million for Giving Narcan

Court Upholds Award of $5 Million to Terminated California Firefighter

Missouri Discrimination Suit Leads to Petition in Federal Court in California

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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