A white FDNY firefighter made racist and sexist comments towards a Black EMT.
According to the New York Daily News, during a heated exchange between an EMS crew and some firefighters, a white firefighter from Engine Co. 290 in Brooklyn lashed out at a black female EMT.
“Just do your job, you black bitch,” he allegedly yelled at the EMT.
Following the incident, the EMT filed a complaint to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity office the same day. A spokesperson for the department told the Daily News on Friday they were investigating the firefighter, but that he remained on active duty.
Allegations of racism and discrimination have long plagued the FDNY. In fact, The department paid out a $98 million settlement in a suit filed by black and Latin firefighting applicants who accused the FDNY of discriminating against them in the hiring process.
Earlier this year, a Black Muslim firefighter filed a lawsuit against FDA claiming he had suffered years or racist and religious harassment. When Raheem Hassan called out the abuse, supervisors falsely claimed he threatened violence against them and had him arrested, he says.
Last year, FDNY’s civilian employees launched a federal civil rights suit against the department, alleging systemic job and wage discrimination.
According to The Daily News, in June, a full-out brawl between firefighters broke out at a bar near the Yankee Stadium. The fight happened when a white firefighter called a black firefighter a “nigger.” Seven firefighters and an FDNY lieutenant were suspended without pay following the incident.
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