Tag Archives: race discrimination

Court Dissolves Chicago Fire Department’s 42-Year-Old Consent Decree

The City of Chicago and the US Department of Justice have agreed to dissolve a 42-year-old consent decree that has governed promotions within the Chicago Fire Department since 1980. The race-based consent decree governed the promotional process from engineer through battalion chief within the department for the past four decades.

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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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California Firefighter Files Fourth Race Discrimination Lawsuit

A California firefighter who filed three prior race discrimination lawsuits before being terminated last year, has filed a fourth suit. Vernon Creswell, who was a captain with the Montebello Fire Department until January 5, 2021, filed suit on May 9, 2022, alleging retaliation for his previous claims.

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California Firefighter Sues Alleging Race Discrimination

A California firefighter who was demoted from probationary captain to firefighter engineer, has filed suit alleging race discrimination, retaliation, constructive termination, emotional distress, and FMLA violations. JuDon Cherry, who identifies himself in the complaint as an “African American male”, filed suit against the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

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NJ Firefighter Settles Discrimination Suit for $275k

A New Jersey firefighter who claimed he was subjected to “severe and pervasive” race discrimination culminating in his being passed-over for promotion, has agreed to settle his claims for $275k. Chris Williams sued the City of Vineland and Fire Chief Luigi Tramontana in 2019.

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Court Rules Against Alabama Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit

A lawsuit filed by an Alabama firefighter who claims his termination was due to his race and military service, has been dismissed. Deatri J. Larry filed suit in 2019 claiming his salary was reduced, he was passed over for promotion, and he was ultimately terminated after returning from a combat deployment.

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Fire Law Roundup – April 11, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup for April 12, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a wrongful death lawsuit out of Rialto, CA, a negligence suit out of LA county claiming the medics mis-prioritized a seriously injured patient, the settlement of an LA discrimination suit, an appellate decision in NY on training injury benefits, and an OSHA citation arising out of a LODD fire.

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Everett Settles Race Discrimination Suit for $375k

The city of Everett, Washington has agreed to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by a firefighter last year for $375,000. Firefighter Jason O. Anderson claims he was subjected to a variety of derogatory comments and names during his eighteen-year career.

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