Tag Archives: McDonnell Douglas burden shifting

Fifth Circuit Upholds Termination of Texas Firefighter

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the termination of a Hunstville, Texas firefighter. Jason January claimed his termination in 2019 was disability discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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Burning Question on At Will Employees and the Need for Just Cause

Today’s burning question: Several of my chief officers persist in asking why we can’t simply fire firefighters who are at-will employees. I have attempted to explain that termination without some basis (not necessarily just cause, but some justifiable legal basis) isn’t wise. They don’t seem to grasp what I tell them. Can you add anything that I can share with them to further my position?

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Termination of Cleveland Sub Scammer Upheld

The Cleveland firefighter who was at the center of a shift-trading scandal in 2013, has lost his race discrimination suit in US District Court. Calvin Robinson was fired in 2014 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense of Complicity to Solicit or Receive Improper Compensation.

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