An FDNY firefighter is suing her female supervisor and the city for discrimination and disparaging remarks, claiming the latter is “jealous” that she was attractive enough to be an FDNY “calendar girl.”
Despite being 36 years of age,, Margot Loth had no issue being Miss March 2019 in the FDNY’s fundraising calendar, much to the ire of then-Capt. Donna Tiberi, age 47.
In a lawsuit filed Saturday in Manhattan federal court, Loth claimed that Tiberi denied her overtime, halted promotions and even cut her special assignment of driving chiefs around.
“The men in this calendar are celebrated as handsome heroes, not targeted and harassed,” Loth’s lawyer, Vincent White of White, Hilftery & Albanese, told the New York Post. “Jealousy and a double standard could end up costing New York City and the FDNY millions when they can least afford it.”
Loth was proud to be in the calendar, claiming it was a step forward for women in the FDNY.
“I know some very strong and beautiful women from the previous calendars and they were such an inspiration to me,” Loth said in July 2018. “We are a force to be reckoned with in this department. We are comfortable with our skills, strong, confident, and we look out for each other. We are opening doors and breaking glass ceilings, and I am proud to be a part of it.”
However, Tiberi, who reportedly has a history of making things difficult attractive subordinates, didn’t seem to agree, allegedly referring to Loth as “calendar girl” in a less-than-flattering way.
In addition, Tiberi accused Loth of breaking into her office, a charge that was later dismissed.
Tiberi reportedly hung up on reporters when pressed for comment.
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