‘Two-Female’ Policy Upheld

Shonda Million was a corrections officer for the Warren County Jail in Ohio. The Jail is operated by the Sheriff’s Office. It houses minimum, medium, and maximum security adult inmates of both sexes. Between September 2012 and August 2015, the Jail employed 17–23 female officers and roughly 33–35 male officers, not counting supervisors. The Jail […]

Senator Allowed To Attend Firefighter’s Workers’ Comp Hearing

Peter Benzing worked as a Casa Grande, Arizona firefighter for ten years. In 2018, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He filed a workers’ compen­sation claim alleging his cancer is an occupational disease. When the City denied his claim, Benzing requested a hearing to chal­lenge the denial. He then requested permission […]

Memo About Moldy Police Station Not Constitutionally Protected

Gerald Olbek was the deputy chief of the Wildwood Police Department in Florida. After a series of events that included a fire at the Department’s station, Olbek became concerned that the station had a serious mold problem. Olbek wrote a memo detailing the mold issues. The memo cited the fact that numerous employees had com­plained […]

Chief Not Entitled To Pension Credit For Severance Pay

William Rogers was enrolled in the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) on March 1, 1995, the date he began working for the Borough of Weno­nah in New Jersey as a police officer. He advanced through the ranks to the level of Chief of Police. In 2018, the Borough entered into a shared services agreement […]

Firefighter Loses Gradual Hearing Loss Claim

James Hartman has been employed by the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department in Louisiana since May 25, 1990, rising to the rank of District Chief. During the course of his employment with the Department, Hartman was exposed to injurious levels of noise, which resulted in permanent hearing loss. Hartman informed the Department of his hearing […]

Civil Service Orders Reinstatement Of Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks

On June 12, 2020, Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe and another offi­cer were called to a Wendy’s restaurant to deal with Rayshard Brooks, who had fallen asleep in his car in the drive-through lane. The officers questioned Brooks for a half hour and conducted field sobriety tests. As the officers moved to handcuff Brooks, Brooks […]

Prosecutor Cannot Be Sued For Stating At Roll Call That Sergeant Was A Thief And A Liar

In early 2016, Officer Edwin Diaz, a 20-year veteran working in the Narcotics Bureau of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), became the subject of an internal investiga­tion. The investigation came in the wake of several high-profile arrests of MDPD police officers. The MDPD’s investigators worked in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and […]

Florida Statute Shields Officers’ Names From Disclosure After Officer Involved Shooting

In two separate encounters, crime suspects threatened Tallahassee police officers with violence. Faced with the imminent threat of harm, the officers responded with force, resulting in fa­talities. Following the encounters, the City of Tallahassee revealed its intent to disclose the identities of the police officers to the public. The officers and their union, the Florida […]

Court Changes ‘Public Policy’ Doctrine To Overturn Arbitrator’s Opinion

One of the few exceptions to the rule that arbitration is final and bind­ing is known as the “public policy” doctrine. Under the doctrine, if an arbitrator’s award violates a clearly articulated and dominant public pol­icy, a court will refuse to enforce it. When applying the public policy doctrine, courts – from the United States […]

When Can Unions Intervene In Federal Litigation That Could Impact Bargaining Rights

Six civil rights actions were filed between October 2020 and March 2021 against the NYPD, the City of New York, and multiple individual NYPD officers. The lawsuits alleged that defendants engaged in – and continue to engage in – un­constitutional conduct in response to demonstrations throughout New York City. The lawsuits sought money damages and […]