For Police and Emergency Personnel

In addition to any union contract, there are federal and state employment laws which protect all police, fire, EMT, and other emergency personnel.  We have substantial experience representing emergency personnel with employment issues such as severance, employment contracts, termination, layoff, retaliation, whistle blowing and employment discrimination.  Below are some of the cases we’ve handled successfully.  If you are emergency personnel with a similar employment problem, contact us today.

Nature of Case ResultsJurisdiction

Procedural Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment and
42 U.S.C. § 1983;
Denial of Promotion

Obtained a six figure recovery on behalf of three, long time police Sergeants each denied promotion to Lieutenant in favor of two, less experienced officers including a Corporal in violation of state law requiring that Lieutenant promotees have at least two years time in grade as Sergeants.

United States District Court
For the
District of

Police Chief
Due Process

Won immediate reinstatement after a 5 day hearing for a police chief charged with 17 counts of alleged misconduct and suspended for over 5 months by the town government.  All charges were dismissed, and the client returned to work.

Sussex County, Delaware

National Origin and
Race Discrimination;
Denial of Promotions in Local Government Employment

Obtained a $215,000 settlement on behalf of two Hispanic police officers each denied promotion to Sergeant because of their ethnicity.

United States District Court
For the
District of

Perceived Disability and Age Discrimination; Delaware
Worker’s Compensation Improvement Act

Procured a settlement for an EMT/Firefighter who was forced to undergo a fitness for duty test, suspended just nine months after filing a workers’ compensation claim for a knee injury, and encouraged to resign by the president of the fire company who told him, "Let’s face it.  You are 45."

United States

First Amendment Freedom of Speech and Right to Petition for Redress of Grievances

Obtained a judgment for a police lieutenant denied three promotions to captain despite ranking first on the test for the vacancy after he testified before a federal grand jury against the county executive and his chief administrative officer.

United States District Court
For the
District of

Unemployment Appeal in
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Won an appeal hearing granting unemployment benefits to a Transportation Security Specialist fired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after it falsely accused him of inappropriately using his position to avoid a speeding ticket.


County Government Employment Benefits under a Collective Bargaining Agreement

Sustained a grievance restoring all vacation and sick leave and compensating for missed shift differential, holiday pay, and acting sergeant’s pay for a county police officer who, despite being cleared for duty by his cardiologist, was not permitted to work for allegedly non-work related chest pain sustained after chasing a suspected drug dealer on foot.