Investigation Into Burning Of D.C. Firefighter And Police Personnel Records

WASHINGTON, D.C. &#8211 An investigation is underway into why some D.C. personnel records were being burned at the fire academy. Firefighters responded to a fire in two dumpsters Friday afternoon at the D.C. Fire Training Academy. According to Firefighter Union officials, after crews brought the blaze under control and looked into and around the dumpsters, […]

Maternity Leave Policy Does Not Illegally Discriminate Against Men

Ronald Wahl is an employee of the Suffolk County, New York Police Department. Wahl sued the City, alleging that he had been subject to a discriminatory maternity leave policy that provided benefits to women but not to men in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Wahl also complained that he was […]

Arguments On The Merits Are For An Arbitrator, Not A Court

Pedro Sarmiento is a 25-year employee of the Laredo, Texas Police Department. When the Police Chief refused to fill open vacancies in the rank of captain, Sarmiento filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Laredo Police Officers Association. An arbitrator ruled in favor of Sarmiento, finding that the City […]

Officer Wins Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Both Perpetrator And Employer

Shirley Johnson is an officer with the City of Belzoni, Mississippi Police Department. Johnson sued the City, Police Chief Mickey Foxworth, and Belzoni Police Officer David James, claiming she was sexually harassed at work by James for approximately a year. Johnson reported the harassment to her supervisor, Foxworth, but claimed insufficient action was taken to […]

Acceptance Of Retirement Does Not Reduce Back Pay

On February 2, 2010, Sell Caldwell’s employment as a captain with the DeKalb County, Georgia Fire Rescue Department was terminated based on allegations that Caldwell (1) failed to locate the dispatch address in the course of responding to a fire; and (2) failed to take command of the scene of a fire. Caldwell appealed his […]

Court Overturns Verdict Against Fire Department, But Not Against Fire Union

Anthony Booth and Jerry Brown are firefighters with Pasco County, Florida, and are members of the bargaining unit represented by Local 4420 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Booth and Brown sued the County and Local 4420, claiming that both retaliated against them after they filed various charges of discrimination against them in 2007 […]

Union Has No Obligation To Allow Fair Share Members To Vote On Contract

This article appears in the June issue of our monthly newsletter, Public Safety Labor News. Melanie Stallings Williams and Demosthenes Andrew Halcoussis are professors at California State University, Northridge, and are members of the faculty bargaining unit represented by the California Faculty Association. The collective bargaining agreement has a “fair share” clause allowing individuals to […]