Split 6th Circuit: City's Firefighters Are Employees Under Federal Labor Laws

Split 6th Circuit: City's Firefighters Are Employees Under Federal Labor Laws

CINCINNATI - A split Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 15 reinstated a dispatcher's lawsuit against his former employer under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), finding that because the city's volunteer firefighters were actually employees, the city had the requisite number of employees for application of the FMLA (Paul Mendel v. City of Gibraltar, No. 12-1231, 6th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16922).

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