Area of Liability Concern for Fire Departments: Assisting Police

Tonight I was going through the most recent court decisions available through my Lexis subscription, and after the fourth one realized there were striking similarities that go beyond the fact a fire department was mentioned in each. Each case was a lawsuit brought by someone who had been arrested by the police.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 20, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 20, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by a group of San Francisco firefighters fired for not complying with the vaccine mandate; a ruling upholding the termination of an Indianapolis firefighter who alleged a disability discrimination; a ruling dismissing a suit against the New Haven FD’s lottery system for tie breaking; OSHA citations against an Illinois FD following a Mayday bailout; and a new law in New York regulating photo-taking.

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San Francisco Firefighters Fired Over COVID19 Vaccine Mandate File Suit

Twenty-one San Francisco firefighters who were fired for failing to comply with the city’s COVID19 vaccine mandate have filed suit alleging religious discrimination, failure to accommodate religious beliefs under California law, due process violations, and violations of their autonomous privacy rights. The suit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court.

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Court Rejects Claims of Disability Discrimination by Indianapolis Firefighter

An Indianapolis firefighter who was terminated in 2020 for being absent without leave, has lost his federal court lawsuit. Sanjiv Neal claimed the department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, plus committed wrongful termination, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Court Dismisses Suit Challenging New Haven Fire Lottery

A lawsuit filed by two unsuccessful candidates for the New Haven Fire Department has been dismissed. Tanisha Hill and Michael Terrell Banks filed suit last year alleging that the city’s decision to break a tie of 99 first place candidates by a lottery was illegal.

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Illinois Fire Department Cited by OSHA Over Mayday Bailout

An Illinois fire department is facing eight OSHA citations following an investigation into a 2021 fire that resulted in three firefighters being hospitalized. The fire in a mixed commercial – apartment building in Beardstown led to a mayday and bailout by the three firefighters, each of whom fell approximately 21 feet.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 13, 2022

In the episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 13, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a sexual harassment case involving a volunteer fire department; a collective bargaining case on military leave; a discrimination suit by a firefighter over an interracial marriage; a unilateral change to a COVID sick leave policy; and the settlement of a LODD suit brought against the manufacturer of gas piping that ruptured starting a fire.

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Ohio Firefighters Sue to Force Arbitration of COVID Sick Leave Grievance

Youngstown Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 312, has filed suit against the City of Youngstown seeking an order compelling the city to arbitrate implementation of a change to quarantine procedures for COVID 19 exposures. The suit follows three years of labor-management discord resulting in over 45 grievances, and three unfair labor practices charges against the city.

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Fire Law Roundup for June 6, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 6, 2022, Paul Doughty joins Curt for a discussion of a sexual-harassment-suicide case out of Illinois; a firefighter guilty plea in a drug case out of Massachusetts; the filing of a race-discrimination suit out of California; and a ruling in favor of a fire department in a race discrimination suit out of Virginia.

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