LRIS on 04/12/2024

Court Upholds Award Of Retroactive Sick Leave Benefits For COs

Berks County in Pennsylvania and Teamsters Local 429 were parties to a collective bargaining agreement, which covers Berks County Jail correctional officers and maintenance employees and expired on December 31, 2019. When negotiations over a successor agreement failed, the parties proceeded to bindi

LRIS on 04/12/2024

City Not Liable To Victims Of Retired Police K-9 Attack

Alex Geiger began working as a police officer in Exeter, California in 2014. In 2015, he began working as a canine handler under the supervision of Sergeant Brett Inglehart. The City purchased a Belgian Malinois named Neo, and provided Geiger with a kennel, a food dish, a special patrol car, and oth

LRIS on 04/12/2024

Employer Discriminatorily Terminated Former Union President

Scott Kennedy was a correctional officer (CO) in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He also served in various positions in his union and was president from 2019 to 2023. Kennedy had an aggressive style as president and did not get along with Warden Kline or Director of Human Resources Alexis Bevan.

LRIS on 04/12/2024

Sexual Harassment Claims By Male And Female Correctional Officers Can Proceed

Cook County in Illinois maintains a sprawling jail complex of 36 buildings over eight city blocks. The County employs many guards and support staff to maintain the jails. In 2023, three class action complaints were filed against the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and its officials, alleging wid

LRIS on 04/12/2024

Officer Convicted For Failing To Prevent Assault During Investigation

Christopher Nguyen was a rookie police officer in Baltimore, Maryland. On August 12, 2020, he responded to a report of two men fighting inside a gold sedan. When he arrived, he saw a man, Wayne Brown, lying face-down on the sidewalk near the sedan. He was bloody and unresponsive, so Nguyen called fo

LRIS on 03/09/2024

University Police Department Facing First Amendment Retaliation Claim

William Ashford worked as an of­ficer for the Detroit Police Department since 1995, and as a detective investigat­ing sex crimes beginning in 2015. He found employment with the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) Police Department in 2017. In February 2019, a university student reported that a pr

LRIS on 03/09/2024

On-Duty Officer Not Liable For K-9 Dog Bite During Vet Visit

Mark Golembiewski is a Detroit, Michigan police officer. He was assigned a 70-pound German Shepard K-9 police dog named Ben. In March 2020, Golem­biewski took Ben to the vet for his annual checkup. Golembiewski was on duty, in full uniform, and muzzled Ben as he always did for vet visits. Nicholas L

LRIS on 03/09/2024

‘Workers’ Comp Bar’ Prevents Firefighter’s Suit Against Employer

Matthew Vann is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. On November 2, 2020, Vann responded to an emergency. A bus driver with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority drove a bus through the location of the active emergency. The bus went over a firehose, which became entangled

LRIS on 03/09/2024

Court Upholds Arbitration Award Reinstating Genital-Grabbing State Trooper

An unnamed, female Michigan State Police trooper (Trooper A) was ter­minated after a string of incidents at an event sponsored by the Michigan State Police Troopers Association (MSPTA). At the event, Trooper A was intoxicated and allegedly “wedged her fingers into the anal crevice of a coworker whil

LRIS on 03/09/2024

City Violated CBA By Terminating Healthcare Coverage For Surviving Spouse

The Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 and the City of Pitts­burgh are parties to a collective bargain­ing agreement which provides retiree healthcare for officers and their spouses. Healthcare coverage only terminates where the officer or their spouse has access to private medical cov

LRIS on 03/09/2024

Employer Lawfully Limited Standby Pay To Certain Units

The City of Raleigh, North Carolina maintains two policies regarding standby duty. The first is Standard Procedure 300-7, which entitles all City employees to eight hours of pay per week while assigned to standby duty. Under 300-7, before being eligible for compensation, City police officers must re

LRIS on 03/09/2024

City Properly Deducted Fees From Police Wages

Police officers in the City of Malden, Massachusetts sued their employer after the City deducted a 10% administrative fee from wages received from detail work between 2008 and 2021. During their off-duty hours, officers were permitted to provide additional public safety services for additional compe

LRIS on 02/03/2024

What Is A ‘Constructive Discharge’?

With some regularity, employees who resign later file lawsuits claiming that their working conditions were so oppressive that their resignations should be considered as “constructive discharges” subjecting the employer to potential lability. As demonstrated by a lawsuit filed by Officer Timothy Hoff

LRIS on 02/03/2024

‘Marsy’s Law’ Does Not Shield Crime Victims’ Names From Disclosure

In 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution to include a number of rights for crime victims. The general intent of the amendments, colloquially known as Marsy’s Law, was “to achieve justice, ensure a meaningful role throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems for crime victims,

LRIS on 02/03/2024

Common Law Marriages And Survivor Benefits

Marta Danylyk and David Hofer began dating in February 2012. At that time, Hofer served as a police officer for the City of New York. Danylyk and Hofer began living together in New York in November 2013. The couple moved to Texas together in January 2014, where Hofer began employment with the Euless