A former firefighter from Queens, New York said that one of his colleagues demanded he have sex with a stripper to prove he wasn’t gay.
As The New York Post reported per an ongoing discrimination lawsuit, Michael Tronia, claimed that members of a New York City firefighting crew subjected him to many “hazing rituals,” including smearing peanut butter on his car and superimposing his face on a picture of a crying baby.
Per The Post, 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.”
Furthermore, per the suit and The Post, Troina said 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, he was called “f****t” and “loser.”
Troina suffers mental and emotional stress due to the discrimination. He was fired just seven days before he would have completed probation, although the FDNY claims he was let go after a “failed evaluation.”
For more information on the lawsuit, click here.