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Three Westfield Firefighters Reinstated by Civil Service Commission

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission delivered a stunning rebuke to the City of Westfield criticizing the handling of a disciplinary investigation against three firefighters who were involved in reporting concerns about sexual harassment. In doing so the Commission ordered the reinstatement of Captain Rebecca Boutin, FF Kyle Miltimore, and FF David Kennedy.

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Suit Seeks to Block New Haven Fire’s Planned Lottery

A New Haven fire lieutenant along with thirty firefighter-candidates have filed suit to block the city’s plans to use a lottery to break a tie between 99 applicants who scored 100 on a civil service hiring test. With Lieutenant Samod Rankins serving as the lead plaintiff, the suit was filed today in New Haven Superior Court.

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Wyoming Supreme Court Upholds Reinstatement and Damages To Laramie Firefighter Terminated in 2012

The Supreme Court of Wyoming has upheld a jury verdict in favor of the estate of a Laramie firefighter who was fired in 2012, ordered reinstated in 2016, and who sued a second time in 2017 after the city refused to rehire him. Bret Vance filed the second suit after city officials in 2017 claimed he was ineligible to be rehired despite a 2016 Wyoming Supreme Court ruling that essentially mandated it.

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No-Visible Tattoo Policy Upheld by Mass Civil Service Commission

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld a no-visible tattoo policy in a challenge brought by an applicant to the Brockton Fire Department. Corey Matchem was bypassed by the Brockton Fire Department in 2019 over his “non-compliance with the department’s Tattoo, Body Piercing and Mutilation Policy for New Hires.”

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New York Fire Department Sued for Gender Discrimination in Hiring

A female applicant for the Mount Vernon Fire Department has filed suit claiming the city’s use of physical abilities performance criteria to rank candidates unlawfully discriminates against women. Brittany Montana filed suit against the City of Mount Vernon alleging a violation of federal and state discrimination law.

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NJ Court Orders Firefighter Reinstated

A New Jersey firefighter who was terminated in 2017 over an issue with residency documentation submitted with his application, has been ordered reinstated with backpay by the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court. Christopher D'Amico was fired by the City of Plainfield because he altered an insurance card by accurately adding his address.

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San Diego Firefighter Loses Appeal of Suspensions

A San Diego firefighter who was suspended over two incidents that occurred in 2012 and 2013, has lost his appeal to have the discipline overturned by the California Court of Appeals. The firefighter was involved in separate incidents February 2012 and January 2013 that each resulted in a 24-hour suspension.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Firefighter

The termination of a Tennessee firefighter who was fired in 2015 following an off-duty altercation, has been upheld by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Paul Zachary Moss was fired by the Shelby County Fire Department following a no-contest plea to charges that he assaulted two men with a firearm.

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Collateral Damage Discipline of Boston Lieutenants Reversed

In a particularly blunt decision, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has overturned the discipline of two Boston fire lieutenants referring to them as “collateral damage for what appears to be a strategic move to counter” race discrimination allegations. Lt Marc Hayhurst and Lt Brian Summering were suspended for two tours each.

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Use of Racial Slur Warrants Termination of Boston Jake

The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld the termination of a Boston firefighter for his use of the N-word in the firehouse while off-duty. Gregory R. LaVallee, a 14-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, was terminated on March 15, 2019 over an incident that occurred on December 13, 2018.

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Mass Firefighter’s Termination Upheld

A Cambridge firefighter who was suspended during his first year and then fired after the one-year anniversary of his appointment to the department, has lost his appeal to Suffolk County Superior Court that claimed he was a tenured employee. JA was hired by the Cambridge Fire Department on March 13, 2016

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Newark Firefighter Loses Appeal of Termination

A Newark firefighter who was terminated in 2016 after falling asleep in a firehouse kitchen, missing a run, and testing positive for drugs and alcohol, has lost his appeal to the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court. Antonio Cruz had asked the court to overturn a decision by the NJ Civil Service Commission

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