A gay man has filed a complaint accusing his former boss of discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not against gay people, straight people.
The man has filed a complaint of discrimination based on sexual orientation, hostile work environment, and retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law. The man, who was an HR director in the company, claims he fired in retaliation for objecting to his boss's bias against hiring straight people, among other issues.
In an interview with ABC News, the former HR director claims, “I witnessed it in meetings with the executive management team, where he'd blatantly state the fact that he only likes to hire gay men and beautiful women.”
According to the complaint, the boss said he preferred gay men as employees because they “were productive and he trusted them.”
“I was highly concerned for the organization and uncomfortable myself working there," the plaintiff says.
The plaintiff expressed concern about several incidents of discrimination based on sexual orientation and hostile working conditions, which are detailed in the complaint. In one incident, a member of senior management reportedly replied, “Well, he’s the owner of the company.”
According to the complaint, the boss allegedly began to retaliate against him, including making inaccurate statements about the employee’s work performance. Eventually, the HR director was fired.
The employer’s lawyer gave a statement to ABC, saying, “The company has reviewed the allegations and denies any wrongdoing. It denies there was discrimination or retaliation.” According to the lawyer, the HR director was fired for “a performance-related issue.”
The plainitff is seeking trial by jury.
Source: ABC News
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