Chicago Fire Dept. To Pay $3.8M In Gender Bias Suit

CHICAGO — The city is set to pay a group of African-American women $3.8 million as part of a settlement of a long-running federal lawsuit claiming that Chicago Fire Department tests were discriminatory. The City Council Finance Committee will consider the payment Monday. It’s the latest payout from the city because of allegations of racial […]

Ghost Ship Fire Exposes War Between Oakland Fire Chief, Union

The disastrous Ghost Ship fire has intensified long-simmering tensions between Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed and the city’s firefighters union, which for years has been lobbying behind the scenes to get her fired. At the same time, however, African American community leaders are coming to the chief’s defense, complaining that Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration […]

Court: San Jose Cop Must Pay Punitive Damages In Excessive Force Case

SAN JOSE, CA — A tech salesman whose legs were kicked out from under him by a San Jose police officer investigating a noise complaint is entitled to the $45,000 in punitive damages he was awarded two years ago by a jury, a federal appeals court has ruled. In reinstating the rare award, the Ninth […]

Petersburg Firefighters Quit Job Over Pay Cuts

PETERSBURG, VA — More city employees in Petersburg are quitting their jobs over budget cuts. Chief T.C. Hairston says the Petersburg Fire Department has lost 14 firefighters since the city implemented a mandatory 10 percent pay cut for all city employees. Some people who live in Petersburg are now concerned about safety. “How would we […]