Chief Giliberti has ordered Brother John Hayward to sign a medical release form seeking information in violation of John's medical privacy. Local 1032 has authorized our attorney to take all necessary legal action to put an end to this violation.
We would hope that the membership would support Brother Hayward during this very difficult period. The Chief has threatened him with suspension and termination in his effort to gain private medical information from John.
Members should be reminded that anytime the Chief calls you to his office that you have the RIGHT to have a union member with you.
Hopefully with the help of the PFFM & IAFF who are aware of the situation, we can resolve this before it gets totally out of hand. If this proves to be unsucessful, we are prepared to take all necessary steps to protect ALL MEMBERS rights to protect their PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION.
UPDATE: The Chief relieved Brother Hayward from duty 3/3/06 calling him "unfit" for duty and ordered him to the CCC on Monday. Lawsuit against the Chief, Mayor and Meditrol was filed with Middlesex Superior Court. copy attached.
UPDATE: On Sunday March 12, 2006 Brother Hayward was returned to his regular assignment of Engine 1 Gr. C. This was after the Chief, the Mayor and Meditrol were served with the lawsuit.