Wednesday, October 19, 2011

First Black EMT Is Suing FDNY Over Racial Slurs

One of the FDNY’s first black female EMTs is suing the city over alleged racial harassment by co-workers.
Lt. Valerie Brancato, 49, says a series of “blatant” incidents began soon after she joined the Emergency Medical Service in 1986.
In fact, she says, she was still in training when one “white male classmate” put on a gorilla mask and told her “it was what African-Americans look like,” says the civil-rights suit, filed in Brooklyn federal court.

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