Fire District Sued In Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Case

A fire district in New York is one of five entities being sued by a sexual abuse victim under a special state law that extends the statute of limitations to August 14, 2021 for otherwise time-barred claims brought by minors. Jeffrey Corley filed suit naming the Woodbourne Fire District and four other entities under the Child Victims Act of 2019.

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Three Terminated Utah Firefighters Raise Concerns Over Treatment

Three former members of the Morgan County Fire Department are raising concerns about the reason for their termination. According to Fox13, the three were dismissed without an investigation or hearing because they were considered to be volunteers. However, the firefighters claim they were actually employees.

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Tenth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Suit Against Fire Department

The dismissal of a lawsuit filed against an Oklahoma fire department and two fire investigators has been upheld by the US 10th Circuit. David Anthony Ciempa filed suit against the City of Del City, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Keester and Major Zion Williams claiming malicious prosecution and violation of his constitutional rights.

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Virginia Court Rejects Application of Firefighter’s Rule

A Virginia court has rejected the claims of a waste management company that firefighters who were injured at a fire in 2017 are prohibited from suing by the Firefighter’s Rule. The suit was brought by firefighters Jeffrey W. Cockey and Andrew J. Neuhaus against Covanta Fairfax, Inc. alleging negligence and gross negligence.

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Judge Orders Utility to Disclose Details on Dixie Fire

In a highly unusual judicial move, a US District Court judge has ordered the embattled utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, to disclose information it has relative to the origins of the still-active Dixie fire in Northern California. The fire began on July 13, 2021, is less that 25% contained, and is predicted to become the largest wildland fire in California history.

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Miami-Dade Firefighter Files Discrimination Suit

A Miami-Dade firefighter has filed suit contending he has been subjected to discriminatory treatment on account of his Cuban ancestry and his skin color. Tony Ibanez filed suit against the Miami-Dade Fire Department alleging “relentless race discrimination and national origin discrimination” in violation of both federal and state law.

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Chicago Non-Conforming Gender Harassment Suit to Proceed

A lawsuit filed by a Chicago firefighter who claims he was sexually harassed and discriminated against by the department and a female deputy chief, will continue following a refusal by the trial judge to dismiss the city from the action. James Mundo filed suit last year claiming that the city, and a deputy chief discriminated against him in violation of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Monell), and the Illinois Gender Violence Act.

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FLSA Suit Settled in Oklahoma

A lawsuit filed last year by 31 Chickasha, Oklahoma firefighters contending the city violated the Fair Labor Standards Act has been settled for $141,710.91. The firefighters claimed that the city failed to include longevity pay in their regular rate when calculating overtime compensation.

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Burning Question: Cancelling Kelly Days

Today’s burning question: Can a fire department cancel a firefighter’s assigned Kelly Day without violating the Fair Labor Standards Act? For example, if firefighters work a 24/48 schedule with Kelly Days every third work period, can the department contact personnel scheduled to be off on a Kelly Day, and require them to work?

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Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Houston Pay Parity

A three-judge panel from the Texas 14th Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341 in their ongoing battle over the constitutionality of a pay-parity referendum enacted by voters in 2018.

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Minnesota Firefighter Facing Child Porn Charges

A Minnesota firefighter who also worked for local school districts is facing child pornography charges. William Pinckney, 34, is accused of possessing hundreds of files containing child pornography depicting children between the ages of 4 and 12.

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