Anthony Almeida Harassed by Fellow LAFD Firefighters Over His Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Claims: Department Will Pay $500,000
LOS ANGELES (CA)
By Dennis Romero
Tue., Jan. 31 2012
Looks like the boys in the station had quite a laugh over firefighter Anthony Almeida's legal claims that he was abused by a Catholic priest.
And now the Los Angeles Fire Department must pay nearly $500,000 because officials failed to stop the razzing.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today announced:
The Los Angeles City Fire Department will pay $494,150 and implement widespread anti-harassment training to settle federal charges of discrimination ...
The EEOC in L.A. says "fellow firefighters at his station" ... "employed deeply offensive comments of a sexual and religious nature" after learning that he had filed suit against the church alleging abuse by a priest:
... Several coworkers mocked him for that, using explicit and offensive religious and sexual epithets.