San Diego Firefighters Claim Threats After Gay Pride Complaint
Four firefighters who complained to the state's Department of Fair Employment and Housing because they were teased by colleagues and taunted with sexual innuendoes during a gay pride parade they were instructed to ride in say they have received "threats" since going public with their complaint.
NBC San Diego reports: "Capt. John Ghiotto spoke with NBC 7/39 Monday. He said he's received threatening phone calls in light of his and the three other firefighters' complaints. 'This is not what I wanted. This is not where I wanted this to go,' Ghiotto said. 'But… we had no other choice and hopefully this will make us a stronger department.' Ghiotto has been a firefighter for 28 years, 19 of them in San Diego. He said he and another firefighter have been transferred to another station. Their complaint has led to a new policy within the department, which states they will rely solely on volunteers for future parade participation."
The threats against the firefighters, who seek the right to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, were not specified.
Firefighters: Threats Made Over Gay Parade Complaints [nbc san diego]
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