Firefighter’s Residency Violation ‘Misconduct,’ Forfeiting Unemployment Comp

John Cannici was a firefighter with the Village of Melrose Park, Illinois, which has a requirement that firefight­ers live in the Village. In 2008, Cannici purchased a house in Orland Park. His wife and their children lived in the Orland Park house while Cannici lived in the Village house. In June 2013, Cannici rented the Village house to tenants and lived with his family in the Orland Park house….

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Officer Fired For ‘Delusional Disorder’ Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

Stefan Sanders began working for the Grenada, Mississippi Police Department as a police officer in January 2015. In February 2019, while off duty, Sanders placed a 911 call asking that police officers come to his residence. Grenada officers responded to his home and found Sanders in the presence of a young woman. Sanders said that he and the young woman had been seeing each other for a few months….

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Mandatory Retirement Not ‘Involuntary’

Firefighter Robert Pyzyna worked for the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District in Illinois from June 2005 until his retirement on October 31, 2017. Pyzyna’s retirement was required because he had reached the age of 65, the mandatory retirement age for active firefighters under the Illinois Fire Protection District Act. Pyzyna retired with a defined benefit pension plan and began receiving pension benefits in November 2017. That same month, Pyzyna…

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Chief Deputy Loses Job After Heated Meeting With Union President

Patricia Fritz was the Chief Deputy in the Office of the Sheriff of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. In August 2018, Fritz met with Corporal Steven Felder in his capacity as union president. After other business had been concluded, Felder began a discussion with Fritz concerning her implementation of a policy requiring medical excuses for absence from work in certain situations. Felder challenged the propriety of that requirement. The conversation became…

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Trooper Who Quits During Harassment Investigation Loses Unemployment Benefits

Tatiana Loughman began working as a police officer for the Ohio Highway Patrol on August 7, 2013. Upon commencement of her employment, she was subjected to sexual harassment by co-workers and her supervisor, Sergeant Sheldon Robinson. In November 2013, she filed a complaint with the Patrol’s human resources department regarding the harassment. The first complaint was found to be justified, and Sergeant Robinson was disciplined. Loughman returned to the…

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