Florida Firefighter Group Questions Hair Policy

An advocacy group is claiming that a Jacksonville firefighter was wrongfully sent home allegedly because of his hair, but actually because of his race. The Jacksonville Brotherhood of Firefighters brought the issue to light publicly.

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Florida Amends Firefighters’ Bill of Rights

The Florida legislature has amended the Firefighters’ Bill of Rights to clarify several provisions that for years have created confusion for firefighters, unions, fire department investigators, and fire chiefs. The amended law goes into effect Friday, July 1, 2022.

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Illinois Chief Challenges Termination As Violating ADA and FMLA

An Illinois fire chief who was terminated in 2021 has filed suit claiming the fire district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. John R. Nixon served as fire chief for the Fox River and Countryside Fire Rescue District from 2016 til his dismissal on August 23, 2021.

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NJ Firefighter Terminated in 2015 Reinstated

A Patterson firefighter who was terminated in 2015 following a positive drug screen, has been ordered reinstated. A three judge panel from the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court handed down the decision today involving Eric Beagin.

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Court Dissolves Chicago Fire Department’s 42-Year-Old Consent Decree

The City of Chicago and the US Department of Justice have agreed to dissolve a 42-year-old consent decree that has governed promotions within the Chicago Fire Department since 1980. The race-based consent decree governed the promotional process from engineer through battalion chief within the department for the past four decades.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 27, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 20, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a court ruling upholding the termination of a Hunstville, TX firefighter; the indefinite suspension of a San Antonino captain for waiving a handgun at colleagues; a disability discrimination suit by an FDNY EMT terminated for not getting a COVID vaccine; the dismissal of a retaliation suit by a LAFD firefighter; and concerns about an uptick in lawsuits against fire while assisting police.

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Texas Firefighter’s Termination Upheld

A lawsuit filed by a Hunstville firefighter who was terminated in 2019, has been dismissed. Jason January claimed his termination was on account of his disability, his age, and in retaliation for his filing a complaint with the EEOC.

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Fired FDNY EMT Suit Alleges Disability Discrimination

An EMT with FDNY who was terminated in April has filed suit claiming she is being discriminated against on account of a perceived disability. Giovanna Gonzalez filed suit claiming the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.

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Retaliation Suit Against LA City Dismissed

A probationary firefighter with the Los Angeles City Fire Department who filed suit in 2020 contending his termination was retaliation for complaining about hazing and harassment, has agreed to dismiss his suit. Daniel Eble sued the city in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging five state law employment violations.

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