Michael Rae, a former Transit Police lieutenant, has sued the MBTA, Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green and Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan over the way he was fired in 2017, charging he was fired not for sleeping on the job but because Green, who is black, is biased against whites and veterans like him and that Sullivan, who is white, is biased against union officials who complain about working conditions.
Rae, hired in 2002, was promoted to lieutenant in 2013, after which he became president of MBTA Police Superior Officers Association. He was fired in March, 2017. WCVB reported it was because investigators had found he had skipped out on nearly 180 hours of work and had even constructed a small, locked area where he could take naps.
In his suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Rae alleges that Green vowed to "darken" his force because there were too many whites and veterans, in an interview on Big City FM in 2016.
Rae alleges that after somebody circulated a photo of Sullivan "allegedly asleep while on duty" around the T and that Sullivan blamed him and vowed to "crush" the superior-officers union, and that his superiors did nothing to investigate when a sergeant allegedly favored by commanders threatened him with "severe physical harm." In his complaint, Rae denied having anything to do with the photo.
Rae, who now works for Verizon, is not seeking his job back but is instead seeking unspecified damages as well as the value of comp time he had built up before he was fired in March, 2017.
The T has yet to respond to the suit, which was only filed on Friday.
Complete Rae complaint (1.6M PDF).