FDNY EMS Workers Sue after Being Punished for Giving Interviews

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Four employees of the FDNY are suing the department after they gave interviews to media outlets during their time working on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plaintiffs, paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians, claim in the lawsuit they were punished for speaking out, according to the Associated Press.

Paramedic Elizabeth Bonilla said she was prevented from performing patient care, working overtime and even wearing her uniform. Two others said they were placed on restricted duty.

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A New York City spokesperson said the fire department respects employees First Amendment rights, but that those rights “must be carefully balanced to respect the privacy rights granted under the law to patients receiving emergency medical care.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages including lost wages and an injunction to prevent the fire department from punishing workers who speak out.

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