Tampa Bay Bucs Not Deputy’s Employer

In September 2015 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the New Orleans Saints in the New Orleans Superdome. The Buc­caneers contracted with the New Orleans Police Department to provide motorcycle escorts by off-duty law enforcement offi­cers for the team’s buses traveling in the New Orleans area. Deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) eventually served on the motorcycle escort. Following the September 20, 2015 game, the motorcycle officers commenced…

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Officer Not Entitled To Defense In Suit Arising From Off-Duty Job

Eric Reetz is a police officer with the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Reetz also worked part time as a private security guard at the Dorothy Day Center – a homeless shelter in Saint Paul – that is operated by Catholic Charities. Under Reetz’s agree­ment with Catholic Charities, he was described as an independent contractor and his duties included assisting staff in examining clients’ bags to ensure that “no…

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Denial of Outside Employment Not ‘Adverse Action’ For Discrimination Purposes

Phyllis Sloan is a firefighter for the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department. Sloan contends that she is physically disabled as a result of chronic lateral epicondylitis in her right elbow, plantar fasciitis and acute bronchial spasms. Sloan filed a charge with the EEOC complaining of discrimination based on her sex and physical disabilities in 2015. In January and July 2017, Sloan requested approval for outside employment. Both times the…

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County Liable For Judgment Stemming From Officer’s Off-Duty Work

The University of Maryland at College Park chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity hired Prince George’s County Police Officer Dominique Richardson to provide security for a Halloween party to be held at an off-campus warehouse. Richardson recruited several other officers to help provide security at the event. Although Richardson drove his personal vehicle to the Halloween party, other officers arrived in police cruisers. Richardson wore his gun belt…

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Court Upholds Arbitrator’s Decision Allowing Officer To Work In Bar

The Township of Wilkins, Pennsylvania is party to a collective bargaining agreement with the Wage Policy Committee of the Wilkins Police Department for collective bargaining purposes. A clause in the collective bargaining agreement deals with the ability of officers to engage in off-duty work. Officer Jon Sherman is a member of the Committee’s bargaining unit. Sherman was approached by Brewstone’s, a bar/restaurant, to work as a secondary checker of…

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