White Plains firefighter files harassment lawsuit against city
A veteran firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city of White Plains, claiming he was discriminated against and harassed while on the job after fellow firefighters found out he is gay. According to Steven Saunders, after 17 years on the force, he hasn't been able to work since August due to anxiety and depression caused by the harassment he endured. His attorneys say the fire department never followed personnel policy and that Saunders's civil and human rights were violated. The 16-page lawsuit was filed at the Westchester County Courthouse today. It details how firefighters allegedly treated Saunders, including derogatory comments made against gays since 2008, when rumors first surfaced about his sexual orientation. Saunders is seeking unspecified damages worth $1 million or more, a change in departmental policy and an honorable retirement.