A former Berlin Fire Company paramedic in Maryland is suing for $8 million, claiming harassment and discrimination based upon the assumption he was gay. Zackery Tyndall, the former paramedic and volunteer firefighter, is claiming that his employer and other members of the fire company believed he was gay and frequently called him homosexual slurs, though Tyndall does not recognize himself as homosexual. The discrimination went so far as fellow paramedics refusing to help Tyndall assist with rescuing a car accident victim in 2012, according to the suit.
Tyndall had joined the fire company as a cadet when he was 14 and was hired as a paramedic in 2008. The suit claims the harassment went on for a few years and became unbearable in 2012. The suit claims that Tyndall asked his supervisor to intervene but he refused.
Tyndall is also claiming that the harassment had a physical effect on him, resulting in episodes of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and anxiety attacks.
Discrimination and harassment due to sexual orientation is illegal and can cause severe physical and emotional trauma for victims of the harassment. Those who are subject to harassment in the workplace can sue for damages including back pay, attorney fees, policy changes and training, emotional distress and punitive damages.
If you have been harassed in the workplace based on your sexual orientation, contact our Los Angeles labor law attorneys today for a free consultation.
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