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Fire Service Law: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lawyer, Part 2

By John K. Murphy For Part 1, click HERE Discipline and Termination These are areas of frequent and costly litigation. Quite frankly, we do not discipline or terminate our firefighters very well. Many times, the chief or city manager pulls the termination trigger without adequate investigation and due process. Look at the story of "Erie Firefighter Wins Lawsuit Against City," about a female firefighter who was terminated and subsequently sued to get her job back. She won as the city failed to understand her rights under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition to not understanding the federal or state laws protecting your employees against discrimination, many firef...

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