A former Napa County jailhouse guard has claimed he was driven out of his job and ended up in a mental hospital after relentless anti-gay harassment from colleagues and supervisors. Now here’s the deal, he isn’t gay.
41-year-old Dante Michelucci was a correctional officer for Napa County from 2007 until April 2018. Despite being married and straight, he claims that he was the target of homophobic abuse from his colleagues.
It started just over a year ago when his coworkers “decided he was gay” and then started using anti-gay slurs.
The alleged harassment escalated over the months. Michelucci’s locker was “littered” with photoshopped pictures of him at Pride parades, and frequently asked how many blowjobs he had performed that day.
When he reported the abuse to supervisors, the lawsuit states, “he was labeled a snitch, and his coffee cup (was) spit into.” He was also “mocked” for complaining about being bullied and told the harassment was a sign that his colleagues “liked him.”
“The hostile work environment became so pervasive that (Michelucci) was hospitalized” with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, the suit continues.
Michelucci claims that he suffered from Bell’s Palsy, a temporary facial paralysis caused by trauma or damage.
“He had a breakdown,” Michelucci’s attorney, David Poore, says.
Michelucci was also placed on medical leave. He has since filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, he is seeking punitive damages and unspecified damages.