First, I'd like to once again thank you for stepping up and helping us in our efforts.
I've joked that you now have a target on your backs, but I'm only half-joking when I say that. Happily, there are protections available to you (and us) and we will not be shy about demanding they be enforced.
One of these is Department Order 72/2011, SDO 57 "Fire Department's EEO Anti- Retaliation Policy". This Order reminds all that, among other things, this Policy "extends to all persons who are involved with...litigation filed by the Department of Justice and the Vulcan Society against the City of New York and the FDNY". Merit Matters has Amicus status in that litigation and submitted an Amicus brief in support of the City's appeal. It may not have been written with us in mind but that is irrelevant and, again, we will not be shy about demanding (as we have done since we were first created) equal treatment for all.
We do not recommend and will not support any abuse of these protections, but if you believe you are being targeted, threatened, intimidated or treated differently because of your position with Merit Matters let us know. There are many options available to address this separate and distinct from the FDNY EEO Unit and we can guide you in accessing them.