Airport Firefighters Seek Injunction to Prevent Retaliation Over IAFF Censure

Nine members of IAFF Local 3217, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Professional Firefighters, have filed suit against the Authority and three chief officers seeking an injunction to prevent retaliation against them for trying to bring to light safety related staffing concerns. The nine firefighters are the elected officers and executive board of the local.

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Fire Law Roundup for September 19, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 19, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss the case of a volunteer firefighter in Virginia charged with burning his own vehicle; a Kentucky fire chief charged with stealing from his department; a ...

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Philadelphia Firefighter Claims His Officer Harassed Him After He Suffered a Heart Attack

A Philadelphia firefighter who claims he was harassed and bullied by his officer after returning to duty following a heart attack has filed suit claiming disability discrimination and retaliation. Perry Lawrynkiewicz filed suit in US District Court claiming violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the City of Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance.

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Kentucky Chief Indicted for Stealing from VFD

A Kentucky fire chief has been indicted for stealing from the fire department. David G. Douglas Jr., the fire chief for Barlow Rural Fire Department, was indicted by a Ballard County grand Jury on a single count of theft by unlawful taking greater than $10,000.

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Former Sacramento Fire Chief Seeks $10 Million for Wrongful Termination

The former fire chief in Sacramento is claiming that his termination earlier this year was the result of retaliation by the city’s mayor. Gary Loesch seeks $10 million because Mayor Howard Chan wrongfully terminated him on May 26, 2022, and intentionally exposed him to COVID in retaliation for having challenged earlier discipline.

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Fire Law Roundup for September 12, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 12, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a firefighter who died trying to rescue trapped occupants at a fire in a NY assisted ...

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in NY LODD

The mother of a New York firefighter who died in an assisted living facility fire in 2021 has filed a wrongful death suit against the facility, its owners, two contractors, and the village where the fire occurred. Lieutenant Jared Calvin Lloyd died on March 23, 2021 at a building fire at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults.

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Denver Fire Prevails in Discrimination Suit

A US Magistrate Judge has recommended that summary judgment be granted to the City of Denver in a lawsuit filed by a probationary firefighter who was terminated in 2019. Da Lesha Allen filed suit claiming her dismissal was due to race and gender discrimination.

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Judge Rules WV City Miscalculated Firefighters’ Compensation

A West Virginia court has ruled that the City of Parkersburg violated the state’s Wage Payment Collection Act in the way it calculated the pay of firefighters. The suit was filed by Chief Fire Inspector Wayne White, who claimed he was being retaliated against and obstructed in carrying out his duties.

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Fire Law Roundup for September 5, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for September 5, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss the settlement of a reverse discrimination lawsuit filed twelve years ago against the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District in Missouri; a disparate impact race ...

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