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Former FDNY Firefighter Says He Was Bullied For Race And Perceived Sexual Orientation, Then Fired

May 14, 2018 - 5:31 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Explosive allegations have been made against the FDNY by a former firefighter, who said he was fired after being subjected to several vulgar acts that targeted his race and perceived sexual orientation.

Firefighters at Ladder 1, Engine 7 in Tribeca allegedly made Michael Troina “eat orange juice” from a fork from 12 different plates, and also allegedly said he couldn’t do the job like other white firefighters because he is Hispanic.

The New York Post reported the lawsuit also claimed Troina’s colleagues tried to coerce him to go to a strip club and encouraged him to have sex with a stripper, and called him a homophobic slur when he refused.

Those are just some of the things Troina said happened to him between 2015 and 2016 when the 24-year-old was a firefighter at the station on Duane Street.

Troina’s attorney, Paul Liggieri, told WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg it went on for months.

"They made my client the pariah of the firehouse, and instead of acting like firefighters, they acted like fifth graders, doing nothing but discriminating against him on account of a perceived sexual orientation – which is certainly covered under the New York City law," Liggieri said.

The suit said Troina did tell lieutenants what was happening. Liggieri said that is why his client was fired in December 2016.

Rosenberg has reached out to the FDNY for comment and was still waiting for a response late Monday.