Firefighter Vaccine Lawsuits in the Headlines

Firefighter vaccine lawsuits are once again in the Fire Law headlines. In Los Angeles County, a group of 574 firefighters filed suit to challenge the county’s vaccine mandate. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by LA County Free Foundation alleging a violation of the employees’ due process and privacy rights.

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Idaho Chief Sues Alleging Gender and Age Discrimination

An Idaho division chief who was fired last year has filed suit claiming she was the victim of gender discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and an assortment of tort-related claims. Chief Jessie A. Morrow filed suit this week naming Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, its Board of Commissioners, fire chef and two deputy chiefs.

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Dallas Firefighter Terminated For Kicking Homeless Man

A Dallas firefighter accused of kicking a homeless man he suspected of setting fires has been terminated. Firefighter Brad Cox was placed on administrative leave following release of a police body-cam video showing him kicking Kyle Vess in 2019. The video surfaced earlier this year.

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FDNY Ladder Crew Suspended For Actions at Senator’s Office

Six FDNY firefighters have been suspended after taking their apparatus to the office of a state legislator last week and “berating” his staff over the COVID vaccine mandate. Members of Ladder 113 reportedly went to Senator Zellnor Myrie’s office in Brooklyn and told his staffers they would have “blood on their hands.”

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San Francisco Anti-Vaxx Lawsuit Filed

A group of San Francisco employees who refer to themselves as the United SF Freedom Alliance, or USFA, have filed suit against the City and County of San Francisco seeking to block the vaccine mandate. The suit claims San Francisco’s vaccine mandate for government employees is illegal, but relies upon a rather novel argument explained below.

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LA County Fire Chief To Be Deposed Despite Apex Status

A US Magistrate judge has ruled that Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby will have to appear for an “apex” deposition in a lawsuit over photo-taking at the scene of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash last year. If the term “apex” deposition sounds unusual, it is. Read on.

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More Bad News for the Anti-Vaxxers: Washington State Mandate Upheld

A federal judge has refused to issue a temporary restraining order in a COVID19 vaccine lawsuit brought by government employees, including three Spokane firefighters and several Washington State Patrol officers. FFs Travis Wise, Daniel Betz, and Jerry Lease along with 16 state employees filed suit this month claiming Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate is illegal.

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Rockland MA Firefighter Prevails on Appeal of Termination

The reversal of the termination of a Massachusetts firefighter by the state’s Civil Service Commission due to bias on the part of fire department officials, has been upheld by a state Superior Court judge. Lieutenant Craig Erickson was fired from the Rockland Fire Department in 2017 following several allegations related to sick leave.

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The Widening Gulf in the COVID19 Vaccine Battle

A firefighter-plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the legality of a COVID19 vaccine mandate in Orange County, Florida, has been terminated for refusing to issue reprimands to firefighters who did not get vaccinated. That in turn has prompted Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis to call for a special legislative session to enact laws that would prohibit such terminations.

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FDNY Prevails in Discrimination Suit

A discrimination lawsuit filed by an FDNY probationary firefighter whose minor injuries caused him to be removed from two academies, has been dismissed. Xavier Lopez claims he was discriminated against on account of his Hispanic heritage.

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Court Refuses to Block Oregon Vaccine Mandate

A lawsuit filed by a firefighter and five public employees seeking to challenge Oregon’s COVID19 vaccine mandate because they already had the disease, has failed to block the implementation deadline. Joshua Williams, identified in the complaint as station chief at Aurora Fire and Rescue, filed suit last month along with Jennifer Lewis, David Klaus, Michael Miller, Phillip Kearney, and Jay Hicks.

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FDNY Implements New Anti-Nepotism Policy

FDNY has implemented a new anti-nepotism policy that has sparked some headlines over the past week. The policy, which states it is merely making clear what the city charter already requires, “prohibits City employees from using, or attempting to use, their position to obtain financial gain, privilege, or personal advantage for themselves or for people with whom they are associated with, including close relatives.”

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