Firefighter Harrase Probie To Have Sex With Stripper To Prove Manhood
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The man was stripped of his dignity.
A former probie firefighter from Queens claimed his colleagues demanded he "have sex with a stripper" to prove his manliness, according to a breaking new federal discrimination lawsuit against the FDNY.
It was reported last year on Michael Troina's claims that members of Ladder Co. 1/Engine Co. 7 in Tribeca stepped on his bunker gear, smeared peanut butter on his car and edited his face onto a picture of a crying baby. He stated he was hazed on his first day in the Duane Street firehouse and fiercely bullied many times afterward.
Troina's lawsuit, filed Saturday, alleges he "was singled out multiple times on account of his race and national origin as a Hispanic American male as well as perceived homosexuality, and was further threatened with physical violence if he dared to report any incident of the harassment or discrimination to the FDNY's Equal Employment Opportunity Office."
Troina stated his colleagues "tried to coerce" him go to a strip club and "regularly harassed him by encouraging him to have sex with a stripper." When he refused to do so, he was called "faggot" and "loser," the suit claims.
Other counts of abuse alleged in the suit included:
Being told "he could not do the job like the other white firefighters" because he is Hispanic.
Being called a "closet homo."
Being excluded from a firehouse volleyball outing, where he was later told he was denigrated with homophobic insults.
When he arrived at work the following day, he witnessed a firefighter instructed to "do an impression of Troina."
The suit alleges Troina went and spoke to a lieutenant about the "degrading and discriminatory incident" but the supervisor told him it was "all in good fun and not to take it too hard."
Troina suffered "mental and emotional stress" due to the "constant discrimination and ridicule," the complaint alleges. "At first I shrugged it off as 'I'm the new guy.' As it kept going on, it only got worse," Troina stated last year.
Troina, 24, was fired on Dec. 21, 2016, just seven days before his probation was complete. The FDNY claims he was canned after a "failed evaluation."
The lawsuit, brought by attorney Paul Liggieri, seeks unspecified damages. It names the city, the FDNY, nine firefighters, three lieutenants, two chiefs and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro as defendants.