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Florida Cop Fired for Porn Gig to Sue Department for Discrimination

Michael Verdugo, the Hollywood, Florida police officer  and HGTV Design Star contestant who was suspended in July 2008 after his participation in a 1996 gay porn bondage video caught up with him, wants his police job back:

Verdugo "Now, Verdugo has asked his attorney, Alberto Milian, to file a civil lawsuit against Hollywood Police for wrongful termination and discrimination. 'When you're a gay cop in a paramilitary organization like law enforcement, a lot of discrimination exists,' said Milian, a Coral Gables criminal defense attorney who also specializes in labor law for police officers and firefighters. 'He was a damn good cop. This guy was an asset and there's no doubt his talents were very useful to the people of Hollywood.' The city denies firing Verdugo -- a onetime undercover officer -- because he is gay.' This had nothing to do with Mike Verdugo's sexuality. It had to do with his honesty. The application process to become a police officer is very arduous,' Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Storey said. Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner determined Verdugo had not been honest on his application for omitting the porn film, Storey said, and 'that was why he was let go.' Verdugo said he never gave thought to putting the movie on his résumé‚ when he first became a Lauderhill cop in 1999, or when he applied to the Hollywood department two years later. He believes his sexual orientation had plenty to do with his firing, that if a male cop appeared nude in a straight porn film his police buddies would be 'high-fiving him in the hallway.'"

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Police Dept. Puts Officer on Leave Over Alleged Porn Past [tr]

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  1. Agreed. His sexual orientation likely had everything to do with his firing. Cops are by and large extremely homophobic, and that really hasn't changed.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 26, 2010 12:40:12 PM


  2. I've been trying to find the clip of Michael Verdugo's porn vid. Does anyone know where I can download it? Thanks.

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 26, 2010 2:28:06 PM


  3. From what I can see, this clearly is a case of discrimination, and not about a misleading resume at all. NOBODY lists on his resume every passing thing he has ever done, especially those things that have no connection to highlighting skills for a particular job.
    I would love to see an astute lawyer dig up everything Chief Chad Wagner has ever done and (easily) reveal what a hypocrite he is:
    "So you participated in a neighborhood garage sale one Saturday in 1993 and did not think to list this on your resume for the position of chief of police? You house-sat with your brother's dog for five days last year while he was on his honeymoon, and you did not put that on your resume, either? Do these omissions mean your whole resume is a lie?"

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 26, 2010 4:16:38 PM


  4. He well knows that this is an anti-gay society although there are a ton of gays in Lauderdale and Hollywood...as much as we wish things weren't so. He also suspected that the police department would not hire him if they knew he was in porn. It's not the orientation, it's the behavior and his past actions. If a person did any porn and wrote it on their job application, they probably would not be hired! I would not hire them!

    Posted by: Societal BS | Oct 23, 2010 5:39:45 PM


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