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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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FDNY Fire Commissioner Called to Federal Court

FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro was in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, called before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis to answer questions about why the discipline of nine firefighters for racists remarks was not made public.

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Brookline Settles Claims With African American Firefighter for $11 Million

The town of Brookline, Massachusetts has agreed to pay an African American firefighter $11 million to settle a dispute that dates back to 2010 and resulted in at least five separate lawsuits. Gerald Alston claims his problems began when a when a supervisor left a voice mail calling him a racial slur while he was off on a work-related injury.

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Miami-Dade Firefighter Files Discrimination Suit

A Miami-Dade firefighter has filed suit contending he has been subjected to discriminatory treatment on account of his Cuban ancestry and his skin color. Tony Ibanez filed suit against the Miami-Dade Fire Department alleging “relentless race discrimination and national origin discrimination” in violation of both federal and state law.

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Massachusetts Firefighter Files Race Discrimination Suit

A veteran Massachusetts firefighter is suing his department for disparate treatment-race discrimination, retaliation, and a racially hostile work environment. Lee Gilliam filed suit this week in Middlesex County Superior Court naming the City of Newton and the Newton Fire Department as defendants.

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Arson Investigators Sue LA City Alleging Race Discrimination

Six Los Angeles City firefighters assigned to the arson division have filed suit alleging race discrimination. Leslie Wilkerson, Joseph Smith, Justin Davis, Robert McClud, Sean Morris, and Mario Newte filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court accusing the department’s leadership of fostering a “good old white boys club.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Second Circuit Upholds FDNY’s No Beard Policy

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court decision that concluded that FDNY has to allow firefighters with a skin condition an accommodation to have beards. In doing so the court concluded: “An accommodation is not reasonable within the meaning of the ADA if it is specifically prohibited by a binding safety regulation promulgated by a federal agency.”

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Terminated Female Firefighters Win One, Lose One

Two cases decided last week involved similar fact patterns where probationary female firefighters were let go at the end of their probationary period, with different results. In Ohio, Sierra Adebisi was fired by the Toledo Fire Department on what was supposed to be her graduation day, August 23, 2019.

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