San Diego Appeals Firefighter’s ‘Forced Gay Pride’ Jury Award

“The city is appealing a jury’s decision to award $34,300 to four firefighters who sued the city for sexual harassment after they were ordered to ride a fire engine in the 2007 gay pride parade. The City Council voted 7-0 in a closed session Monday to appeal. Councilman Tony Young was absent. The vote wasn’t made public until yesterday. A Superior Court jury deliberated for 2½ days last month and found that some parade participants and spectators sexually harassed the firefighters. The $34,300 was to be shared among the firefighters: John Ghiotto, Jason Hewitt, Alex Kane and Chad Allison. They said they were subjected to catcalls and saw barely clothed men simulate sex acts. They said the experience left them with headaches, anxiety, and other stress-related symptoms.” [SD U-T]