Suit Alleges Long Island Fire Department Engaged in Disability Discrimination

A “Fire House Attendant” with the Setauket Fire Department on Long Island, New York, has filed suit alleging he was terminated in violation of state and federal disability laws. Ryan Kilmar filed suit today in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York naming the fire company, District Manager David Sterne and Dispatch Supervisor Janine Leute as defendants.

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Tennessee Church Fire Suspect Was A Firefighter

A Tennessee firefighter who was under investigation for a string of recent fires, has been charged with setting a church on fire on Easter Sunday. Codie Austin Clark, 25, has been charged by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office with setting fire to the New Salem Presbyterian Church.

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Court Concludes Overtime Exemption for Company Officers Must Go To Jury

The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has ruled that a jury must decide whether company officers in the Eaton Fire Department are entitled to, or exempt from, overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit was filed in 2019 by three captains and a lieutenant who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt executives.

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Court Upholds Termination of Medic Fired For Lying on Application

A decision to terminate a Georgia paramedic who sought a religious accommodation for facial hair, has been upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals because he falsified his employment application. The case was brought by Bataski Bailey, who was hired and fired by Metro Ambulance Services dba American Medical Response in 2015.

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Virginia Captain Claims Political Retaliation

A Lynchburg fire captain has filed suit against the fire department, the city, and three city officials claiming breach of contract and a violation of his First Amendment rights. Martin Misjuns filed suit last week in the Circuit Court for the City of Lynchburg. Named in the suit are Mayor Mary Jane Tousignant Dolan, Vice-Mayor Beau Wright, and City Manager Reid Wodicka.

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Colorado Firefighter Loses Wrongful Termination Suit

A Colorado firefighter who was fired two days after organizing a meeting of firefighters to discuss complaints about management, has lost his wrongful termination lawsuit. Chad Sells was fired by the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District on July 18, 2017.

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Ohio Court Upholds Termination of Firefighter

Ohio’s Third Appellate District Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of a firefighter who was terminated for failing to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians during his probationary period. Mark Evans filed suit against Shawnee Township in 2019, alleging breach of contract, and wrongful discharge

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Insurer Sues Over Apparatus Fire

A lawsuit has been filed by an insurer over a fire that destroyed a West Virginia fire truck in 2019. The Arch Insurance Co. filed suit this month against Shaffer Ford and Ford Motor Company for the destruction of a 2004 Ford F-Super Duty 550 owned by the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department.

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