Chief Who was Fired after his Wife Ran for Mayor and Lost May Sue for Freedom of Association Infringement

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

private v publicIn motions before the trial court to dismiss for failure to state a claim, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, in Allred v. City of Carbon Hill, denied the motions and permitted Allred’s claims to go to trial.

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Inexplicable Flip-Flop: Park Ranger Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Charges Proper for Trial when Female Supervisor Decided to Fire Her Two Weeks after Her Sexual Harassment Complaint against Male Supervisor

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

flipIn Vicino v. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland denied the defendant employer’s motion for summary judgment because the plaintiff park ranger had sufficiently alleged sexual discrimination. The Court determined that material facts for a jury existed and that summary judgment was improper.

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Court Dismisses Female Police Officer’s Sex-Based Discrimination Lawsuit Against Florida Police Department For Failing To Provide A Suitable Female Changing Room

By Erica Shelley Nelson and Brennen Johnson

Sexual-Harassment-DefenseIn Melendez v. Town of Bay Harbor Islands, a U.S. District Court dismissed a female police officer’s lawsuit for sex-based discrimination against the Police Department of Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. The Officer brought the lawsuit claiming that the Police Department engaged in sex-based discrimination by failing to provide suitable changing areas for female employees. In a summary judgment proceeding, the Court explained that the Officer failed to allege facts sufficient to show that any actions taken by the Police Department were motivated by sex-based discrimination. Although the Officer failed on her sex-based discrimination claim, the Court explained that the Police Department might still be liable for creating a hostile work environment towards women.

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Can’t Cock his Glock: Career Officer Cannot Show Age Discrimination Where He Failed to Qualify with his Baton and Firearm

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

gun and batonIn Otto v. City of Newport, a former police officer alleged his employer discharged him because of his age, but the Eastern District of Kentucky granted the defendant employer’s motion for summary judgment because there “is no evidence that the Plaintiff was qualified for the position, and there is no direct evidence of the Defendant’s discriminatory intent.”

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Court Dismisses Female Firefighter’s Retaliation Claim Against the City Because She Could Not Demonstrate the City Took Adverse Employment Actions Against Her

By Erica Shelley Nelson and Brennen Johnson

dismissalIn Burns v. City of Utica, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a female firefighter’s lawsuit against the City of Utica, New York. The Firefighter claimed in her lawsuit that the City had retaliated against her for reporting an incident of sexual assault by denying her application for disability benefits. After reviewing a U.S. district court’s decision to dismiss the Firefighter’s lawsuit, the Court of Appeals determined that the dismissal was warranted where the Firefighter failed to show that any negative consequences stemming from the denial of her disability application was attributable to the City.

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City Improperly Relied on Former Officer’s History of Mental Illness Rather than Her Current Mental Health Status to Reject Her Application

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

possible threatIn Nelson v. City of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the City’s motion for summary judgment and permitted the plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim to go to trial. The Court reasoned that there was no clear evidence that the former officer could not perform the essential functions of the job and that the issue was proper for trial.

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Vet with PTSD May Bring Disability Discrimination Claim Under the Rehab Act for Not Being Hired by Border Patrol

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

PTSDIn Maish v. Napalitano, U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied the Border Patrol’s motion for summary judgment and permitted a Border Patrol applicant’s disability discrimination claims to go to trial. The Court concluded the applicant, Maish, had a viable claim under the federal Rehabilitation Act for disability discrimination when the Border Patrol failed to hire Maish after learning of his mental illness.

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Dispatcher with Plausible Disability Who Offers Little to No Evidence to Establish She is Disabled is Denied Trial for ADA Claim

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

bonesIn Felkins v. City of Lakewood, the U.S District Court of Colorado addressed cross motions for summary judgment and granted defendant’s motion, thereby dismissing plaintiff’s case.  The Court ruled that she did not establish that she was disabled.

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Lieutenant Suffering from On-the-Job Knee Injury May Bring Claim to Trial where it is Unclear if Patrolling is an Essential Function of his Position

By Mitchell Riese and Mitchel Wilson

DisabilityDiscrim2wheelchairIn DeStefano v. City of Philadelphia, the Court dismissed cross motions for summary judgment, concluding that Orlando DeStefano’s disability discrimination claims under the federal Rehabilitation Act may go to trial for a knee injury when the issue is whether patrolling is part of a lieutenant’s essential functions.

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Granted Summary Judgment to an Employer for a Police Dispatcher’s FMLA Interference Claim

By Erica Shelley Nelson and Jordan L. Jones

back to workIn Mendel v. City of Gibraltar, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted summary judgment to the City of Gibraltar for a police dispatcher’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim. The Plaintiff alleged that he was illegally terminated while on statutory leave. The Court held that the Plaintiff would not have been able to return to work after exhausting his 12 weeks of FMLA leave and therefore he did not have a valid FMLA interference claim.

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