Split D.C. Circuit Partially Reinstates Fire Captain’s Whistle-Blower Claims

Mealey's (July 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fire captain who was terminated after she refused to consent to a fitness-for-duty evaluation without changes to the waiver may partially proceed with claims that she was required to undergo the evaluation in retaliation for complaints protected under the District of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act (Whistleblower Act), a divided District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 17 (Vanessa Coleman v. District of Columbia, et al., No. 12-7114, D.C. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 12350)....

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