Tag Archives: Atlanta Fire Department

Fire Law Roundup for July 1, 2024

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for July 1, 2024, Curt and attorney Bill Podszus discuss a lawsuit filed by seven LA City firefighters injured in the explosion of a CNG powered semi-truck; a litigation mess in Clarksburg, West ...

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Suit Claims Atlanta Fire Failed To Accommodate BC With Long-COVID

A battalion chief with the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department who developed long-COVID in 2021, has filed suit claiming the city violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying his request for a light-duty assignment. BC Sean Johnson filed suit alleging disability discrimination and failure to accommodate under the ADA.

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Atlanta Captain Alleges Gender Discrimination and Retaliation

An Atlanta Fire Captain who was suspended for fifteen days over patient care issues, has filed suit claiming her discipline and the city’s failure to promote her to an EMS supervisor’s position was retaliation for a gender discrimination complaint she filed. Captain Andrea Nicholle Brock filed suit in US District Court alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

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Atlanta Settles With Chief Cochran for $1.2 Million

The City of Atlanta has agreed to settle a wrongful termination and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Chief Cochran was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed in 2015 over a self-published book the chief authored about his religious beliefs. Reed believed the book was critical of homosexuality.

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Trial Court Renders Split Decision to Kelvin Cochran And Atlanta

The trial judge in the case of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran handed down her long-awaited ruling this week, and it was a split decision. Chief Cochran was terminated in 2014 after he published a religious-themed book in conjunction with his ministry that many considered to be offensive to the LGBT community.

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Chief Cochran’s Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss

A federal judge has refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was terminated earlier this year by Mayor Kasim Reed. Reed was upset over a self-published book Chief Cochran authored about his religious beliefs that some consider to be critical of homosexuality.

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GA Supreme Court Upholds Pension Contribution Increases for Firefighters

The Supreme Court of Georgia handed Atlanta firefighters, along with other city workers, a loss in their bid to challenge significant increases to their pension contributions. Police, firefighters and city workers filed a class action suit in 2013 seeking to block the city’s attempt to increase their pension contributions by at least 5%, and up to an additional 10% depending on how much the city has to increase its contributions.

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Atlanta Investigating Escort Service Using Fire Station Photos

The city of Atlanta is investigating how an escort service got access to a fire station to take some questionable photos that are being used to market their services online. The photos taken inside Station 2 on Jonesboro Road in southeast Atlanta appeared in an ad placed on Backpage.com depicting women posing provocatively with apparatus and turnout gear.

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Chief Cochran Sues Atlanta and Mayor Reed

The expected lawsuit by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran against the city has been filed alleging wrongful termination, religious discrimination and violation of his First Amendment rights. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Chief Cochran in January after he refused the mayor’s request to resign.

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Dennis Rubin Now 12-0

The city of Atlanta has released a press release proclaiming victory in the case Russell Martin, et al. vs. City of Atlanta and Dennis Rubin. The press release issued today reports that a federal court jury ruled in favor of ...

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