Gordon Springs, a 27-year old rookie New York City firefighter has filed a lawsuit accusing colleagues for sexually harassing him during his first day as a firefighter, according to source. Gordon was set to visit a firehouse (Engine 40/Ladder 35) at Upper West Side where he was supposed to join. During his visit on May 4, 2015, he along with three other rookies was taken into a gym where he was sexually harassed.
Since then Gordon, who happens to be black was attacked through racial remarks and other kinds of bullying. Things got worse for the rookie firefighter after he filed a complaint as his colleagues isolated, making his life more difficult.
Attorney Paul Liggieri stated that Gordon Springs lost his parents when he was just 2 and had a very hard time as a teenager as a homeless. He had high hopes for the new job which turned out to be a nightmare. In a statement, an FDNY spokesman has claimed that the incident was taken very seriously by the authority and was carefully investigated and action was taken against those who were found guilty. Springs is still serving as a firefighter.
According to sources, there are certain customs that are well established in the firehouses that are questionable. However, one official from the FDNY denounced the allegation of sexual harassment, defending the long established customs.