Tag Archives: sick leave abuse

COVID-Related Cases in the Headlines

Two COVID-related cases are in the Fire Law News. In the Northern Mariana Islands, nine firefighters who were terminated for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination, have filed suit claiming the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and its commissioner, Dennis Mendiola violated their Constitutional rights.

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St. Paul Investigating Sick Leave Abuse

Officials in St. Paul are investigating whether three officers misused their sick leave, costing the city ten of thousands of dollars. ABC Channel 5 is reporting that the three “are under investigation for allegedly defrauding the department of sick pay.”

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Sick Leave Abuse or Family Medical Leave Act Violation

Today’s burning question: I was a probationary firefighter and used accrued sick and vacation leave to take care of my wife and children, but my employer fired me. Do I have a case? Answer: While as a probationary employee you are an employee at-will, an employer cannot discriminate nor violate statutory rights that are granted by state and federal law.

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Sick Leave and Hypocrisy

Today’s burning question: My fire department has a sick leave policy that states "Members of the Department on sick leave, when not hospitalized, are expected to remain at home, unless authorized by a physician for light duty." There are exceptions for medical care, prescriptions, etc. Is this a legal and supportable policy?

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Patterson Settles Retaliation Suit With Dispatcher For $80k

A New Jersey dispatcher who sued the Patterson Fire Department in federal court over harassment he sustained after reporting misconduct by two firefighters has received an $80,000 settlement. Robert Connizzo claimed that co-workers harassed, assaulted, and retaliated against him for informing superior officers about a conversation he overheard on a recorded line.

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Tucson Medic Indicted For Sick Leave OT Fraud

A Tucson Fire Department paramedic is facing criminal charges for his role in a sick leave-overtime scam intended to pad his pension. Herbert Oxnam was indicted on four felony counts of fraud for conduct that took place on a series of dates between May and August, 2013.

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Texas Firefighter Fired Again

A Texas firefighter who was fired in 2010 has managed to have himself fired again.  McAllen firefighter Robert Vargas reportedly used a sick day earlier this year in order to work as a substitute teacher. According to a local newspaper, ...

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Mass Firefighter Sues for FMLA Discrimination

Was it sick leave abuse or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) discrimination that blocked a firefighter’s promotion last year? That is the question that is now before a Federal District Court in Massachusetts. Watertown firefighter Scott Carton claims he was ...

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