Tag Archives: San Francisco Fire Department

Fire Law Roundup for June 20, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 20, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by a group of San Francisco firefighters fired for not complying with the vaccine mandate; a ruling upholding the termination of an Indianapolis firefighter who alleged a disability discrimination; a ruling dismissing a suit against the New Haven FD’s lottery system for tie breaking; OSHA citations against an Illinois FD following a Mayday bailout; and a new law in New York regulating photo-taking.

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San Francisco Firefighters Fired Over COVID19 Vaccine Mandate File Suit

Twenty-one San Francisco firefighters who were fired for failing to comply with the city’s COVID19 vaccine mandate have filed suit alleging religious discrimination, failure to accommodate religious beliefs under California law, due process violations, and violations of their autonomous privacy rights. The suit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court.

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San Francisco Anti-Vaxx Lawsuit Filed

A group of San Francisco employees who refer to themselves as the United SF Freedom Alliance, or USFA, have filed suit against the City and County of San Francisco seeking to block the vaccine mandate. The suit claims San Francisco’s vaccine mandate for government employees is illegal, but relies upon a rather novel argument explained below.

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San Francisco Assistant Chief Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

An assistant chief with the San Francisco Fire Department has filed suit claiming she has been targeted by ranking officers because of her gender, because of her Asian-American ancestry, because she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, for reporting misconduct within the department, and for her outspoken support of other victims of discrimination.

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Bad Week For Fire Law Headlines

While it is rare that we see good news in the Fire Law headlines, last week saw a number of particularly unfortunate headlines for the fire service. I noticed this as I was putting together this week’s Fire Law News newsletter, and searching for today’s Fire Law headline story.

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San Francisco Medic Facing Criminal Charges Over Restraint Of Patient

A San Francisco Fire Department paramedic is facing criminal charges and a San Francisco police officer has been fired over the restraint of a suicidal female. Medic Raymond Lee, 46, and San Francisco police officer Michael Filamor responded to a call from the woman’s mother who reported her daughter was threatening to harm herself.

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San Francisco Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $575,000

The City of San Francisco has agreed to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by a female firefighter who accused colleagues of spreading feces in her bathroom and urinating in her bed. Suzanne Montes filed suit last year claiming she was repeatedly harassed while assigned to Station 2 in Chinatown.

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San Francisco EMT Sues FD and Her Colleagues for Discrimination

A former EMT with the San Francisco Fire Department is suing the department and several of her colleagues for discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation. Jennifer Galarza filed suit in San Francisco County Superior Court alleging she was wrongfully terminated and harassed because she is a lesbian.

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