Blanco Tackabery Attorneys Achieve Landmark Settlement Between Firefighter and NC Office of Emergency Management (OEMS)

Blanco Tackabery attorneys Chad Archer and Henry Hilston joined with Disability Rights NC (DRNC) as co-counsel in a landmark settlement between a firefighter and the NC Office of Emergency Management (OEMS). This case marks the first time a firefighter in NC has received accommodations for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam after he was denied the disability related accommodations he needed to take the exam.


The lawsuit was filed in Davie Count Superior Court in September 2021 and sought to vindicate the firefighter’s rights to accommodations under the NC Persons with Disabilities Protection Act.


Blanco Tackabery attorney Chad Archer stated “I could not be more pleased with the outstanding victory that was secured on Mr. Freidt’s behalf. From my earliest involvement with this matter, I was mystified by the State’s refusal to grant Mr. Freidt the commonsense accommodations to which he is clearly entitled under the law…Without the assistance and invaluable expertise offered by Disability Rights NC, I don’t know that the State ever would have made its 180-degree about-face and voluntarily agreed to grant 100% of the relief demanded in Mr. Freidt’s lawsuit.”


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