Four Examples Of Laws Or Regulations That Affect Fire Service Managers And Their Employees

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Four examples of laws or regulations that affect fire service managers and their employees. Patrick Latham Columbia Southern University Abstract There are a multitude of laws and regulations that provide guidance to managers and employees as to what their rights and responsibilities are in the workplace. These laws and regulations originate from all three branches of government and enforcement occurs at the local, state, and federal level. As firefighters, it is incumbent upon us to be aware of these laws and regulations and to be aware that we can be held civilly as well as criminally responsible for our actions. In the following paper, we will examine four cases where firefighters or fire agencies failed to be cognizant of this …show more content…

The EEOC investigated and attempted to resolve the matter without filing a lawsuit, but the fire district was adamant in their denial that any discrimination took place against the firefighters (Long Island Newsday, 2008). Prior to trial, the Easton 's Neck Fire District decided to settle the case with the EEOC and agreed to make retroactive payments to the firefighters. There is no reason given as to why the fire district decided to settle but even a cursory examination of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) shows that the district would not have prevailed in court. This federal law plainly states that workers age 40 and over are protected from age discrimination and by denying pension or retirement benefits based on age the fire district was in violation (EEOC, 2009). The second case we are going to look at concerns a failure to act lawsuit brought against the Washington DC fire and EMS and the city 's former medical director for the death of a patient that was misdiagnosed by the department 's paramedics as to have been suffering from acid reflux when in reality he was suffering cardiac failure. The suit further alleges that not only did the paramedics fail to diagnose his condition, they failed to warn him that his signs and symptoms could be of a more serious condition. (Varone, DC Fire and EMS Sued for $17 million – Heart Attack not Acid Reflux, 2009). The lawyers for the

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