Former New York City firefighter, Michael Troina has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Fire Department detailing extensive abuse he was subjected to during the 13 months he worked as a firefighter including how his colleagues demanded he “have sex with a stripper” to prove his manhood.
Troina claims he was hazed on his first day and savagely bullied on many occasions afterward.
The New York Times reports that Troina’s lawsuit, alleges he “was singled out time and time again 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 battery, harassment or discrimination to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office.”
The lawsuit also details how he claims was “coerced” to go to a strip club where he was urged to have sex with a stripper, and when he didn’t he was called “faggot” and “loser”.
Other instances of abuse include having peanut butter smeared over his car, his face was superimposed on a picture of a crying baby, forced to “eat orange juice” with a fork from 12 different plates and then wash the plates, and told “he could not do the job like the other white firefighters” because he is Hispanic.
Troina says when he reported incidents to supervisors he was told to “not take it too hard.”
Troina is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, which names the New York City Fire Department, 14 firefighters of different ranks and the Fire Commissioner as defendants.