An EMT who posed for the FDNY’s sexy Calendar of Heroes is suing the department for discrimination, charging her “jealous” female boss branded her a “calendar girl” as part of a vicious retaliation campaign.
Soon after Margot Loth, 36, showcased her sleeve of tattoos, washboard abs and belly ring as Miss March 2019, her oppressive boss, then-Capt. Donna Tiberi, 47, came after her, Loth claims in a lawsuit filed Saturday in Manhattan federal court.
“The men in this calendar are celebrated as handsome heroes, not targeted and harassed,” seethed Loth’s lawyer, Vincent White of White, Hilftery & Albanese. “Jealousy and a double standard could end up costing New York City and the FDNY millions when they can least afford it.”
Before being belittled by Tiberi, who has since been promoted to deputy chief, Loth said she was honored to be included in the famed annual fundraising calendar, which features buff, shirtless firemen and stunning FDNY women in sports bras and suspenders.
“I know some very strong and beautiful women from the previous calendars and they were such an inspiration to me,” Loth said when the sexy shot debuted 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.”
But pride turned to anxiety and anger over the next two years as, the lawsuit claims, Tiberi filed bogus disciplinary infractions against Loth, refused her overtime, blocked her from promotion, and put the kibosh on her gig driving FDNY chiefs.
And behind her back, the callous captain began referring to Loth as the “calendar girl” to colleagues “in a disparaging manner,” the suit alleges.
The FDNY boss “seems to hold ire for ‘attractive’ employees,’” White told The Post.
Tiberi, who has worked for the FDNY for at least 12 years and is the daughter of a retired lieutenant, made a habit of bullying young, ambitious EMTS and medics, court papers allege.
“Tiberi exhibits a pattern of reprimanding/targeting career-oriented and strong female subordinates in a way she does not to male[s],” according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
“The FDNY is a male-dominated place, only so much room for advancement for females in the workplace,” said White. “There appears to be gender motivations from Tiberi for that reason.”
Loth, who joined the FDNY’s Emergency Medical Service in 2011, boasted glowing employee evaluations, took on extra assignments, such as hazardous materials instructor and was preparing to enroll in paramedic courses toward a promotion, the suit says.
Around the same time she posed in the calendar, Loth served as a witness in another female EMT’s gender-discrimination complaint against Tiberi. That’s when the manipulative boss began to set up roadblocks in Loth’s career path, she claims.
She also began to dispute her payroll, such as overtime worked during the NYC Marathon. When she complained, she was docked four vacation days. Loth refused to accept the discipline and got her union rep involved, which landed the dispute in the department’s Bureau of Investigations and Trials.
Not long after the marathon debate, Loth discovered her sneaker laces had been cut in the locker room, the suit says. Loth later learned Tiberi had a history of sabotaging the shoes of female underlings, according to court papers.
Tiberi accused Loth of breaking into her office, a charge that was later dismissed, the suit says. Loth later learned that Tiberi had launched a similar break-in allegation against another female FDNY member, court papers say.
Tiberi again refused to approve Loth’s OT — this time for the four hours she spent testifying in a fellow EMT’s discrimination case against the supervisor, court papers say. At least four other women were witnesses to the complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to Loth’s lawsuit.
Loth also lost an estimated 60 hours of OT when two chiefs she had been driving were ordered to stop using her as a chauffeur, the suit says.
Then, Loth alleges Tiberi delayed her performance review for so long that she was prohibited from enrolling in medic courses she needed to be promoted.
In another instance, Loth and her ambulance partner were admonished for returning to the station before their shift ended, according to court papers. Tiberi gave the male partner a warning, but issued a harsher command discipline to Loth that escalated to an internal investigation.
The suit also notes a slew of disturbing instances in which Tiberi allegedly targeted other young, female employees. One female paramedic transferred because of the torment, the suit alleges.
Rather than intervene, the FDNY “failed to address” Tiberi’s behavior, the suit claims.
Tiberi, when reached by phone at her Staten Island home Saturday, hung up on a reporter.
An FDNY spokesman declined to comment, citing pending litigation.
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