Gay Panic Firefighters Win Appeal

19 Oct

Who doesn’t like a man in uniform? Apparently, four San Diego firefighters were on the job at the 2007 San Diego Gay Pride Parade when they underwent the most traumatic experience of their firefighting lives.

Catcalls and obscene gestures.

According to The New American, Fire Captain John Ghiotti, a 28 year veteran, said that he had been subjected to the emotional trauma of burned families, injured colleagues, and similar stresses but “I’ve never been so stressed out before as in this incident.”

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld a jury verdict in favor of the fire fighters. The appellate court, in its ruling, found that there was “substantial evidence to support a finding that the sexual harassment experienced by the Firefighters during the Pride Parade was severe and pervasive, thus altering the conditions of employment and creating a hostile or abusive work environment.”

Now, don’t get me wrong – sexual harassment should never be taken lightly, but according to Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco, for the Alliance Defense Fund (who paid for the court battle), The purpose of the litigation was to prevent other city employees from being compelled to be subjected to conduct which they find morally offensive.

So does this set a precedent that gay officers no longer have to work the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or Democratic officers don’t have to work Tea Party rallies?


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