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Florida Officer Diagnosed with Cancer Sues Agency Over Termination

July 01, 2014  | 

Officer Nick Giampietro (Photo: Orange City (Fla.) PD)
Officer Nick Giampietro (Photo: Orange City (Fla.) PD)

A former officer is suing the Orange City (Fla.) Police Department because he said he was fired while undergoing treatment for cancer.

Nick Giampietro was a police officer in Orange City for years until his life was turned upside down.

"Out of the blue I was diagnosed with cancer," Giampietro told WFTV.

The former SWAT team member thought his potentially deadly cancer was the worst of his problems until he got a termination letter from Orange City leaders.

The lawsuit claims the city violated the Family Medical Leave Act by firing Giampietro while he underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

Tags: Lawsuits, Officer Fired, Florida


Comments (9)

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Paladin @ 7/1/2014 7:04 PM

Perhaps this story might just have a silver lining. I don't know what Peace Officers in Florida earn, its never enough anyway. Now with this illegal and
unjust termination Nick Giampietro only needs a sharp attorney to file a lawsuit for unlawful termination and his financial status will be the least of his worries.

Paul Mulhern @ 7/1/2014 7:31 PM

I can't believe Orange City would do such a low thing, knowing they were wrong! God bless the Officer, get well soon.

Cam @ 7/1/2014 11:33 PM

You know the saddest part of this situation? This officer will surely need a lawyer, but the courts and work comp, if part of this, can take years to get resolved. It always sounds good to 'go get a lawyer', but these cases take years sometime to get resolved. I hope and pray it does not in Officer Giampietros case. Politics, insurance, etc. always try to wear you down so you will give up and go away. If Nick has a support system, then Please, Please stay with him and his family. He is going to need all the support he can get. He still has to eat, pay bills, and then there is medical he may get refused due to no insurance. I have seen this all happen, and the support is great at first, but then it starts to dwindle. Please do not let this happen to Nick! And to Orange County, what are you thinking? Shame, shame on you. How can you do this to a fellow officer, and a human being. Bet it would not happen at your house if the same situation were happening to you all??!!

Jelly @ 7/2/2014 3:30 AM

I don’t understand because the writer left this so open ended. Was his termination related to his diagnosis or some other completely unrelated matter? It just said, “He was fired while undergoing treatment for cancer”. Did I miss something?

Renee @ 7/2/2014 5:15 AM

@Jelly the politics that come with a person being sick, especially when it comes to cancer is so dirty! They don't want the liability, so they always seek to terminate.

Lt Dan @ 7/2/2014 8:25 AM

There is a 14 minute video on the news stations link. There is no question by the interviewer about pending discipline prior to diagnosis. Absent a failure to complete necessary FMLA paperwork and/or discipline issues, this is just bad business. PBA/FOP should be vocal here. Gotta wonder why they aren't.

Jelly @ 7/2/2014 8:39 AM

Well, either way I wish him the best and a speedy recovery.

Lanette @ 7/2/2014 10:10 PM

They are in violation of FMLA....if he turned in the paperwork for FMLA, which I'm hoping he did. Also it does take a long time for employment lawsuits....Mine took 5 years just to get to depositions and mediation. But if he has a good lawyer, which he shouldn't have a problem getting one on a contingency basis, then they lawyer should be able to come up with some sort of schedule...(dates on discovery, interrogatories, etc.)

Randy @ 7/3/2014 4:41 AM

Are you sure that they are in violation of FMLA? They may actually be using FMLA for cover. I believe they are only required to hold your job open for 12 weeks. Upon completion of the 12 weeks if you are unable/don't return to work they do not have to hold your job. Please double check this in case I'm wrong. Like Obama Care, people should be careful what they wish for. In the case of FMLA they may get it.

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