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October 07, 2005

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken up the cause of a male golf caddy who claims a Long Island, New York, country club created a hostile work environment for him by allowing other male caddies to repeatedly insult him over the loss of two golf matches to a female coworker.

In its lawsuit against the Tallgrass Golf Club, the EEOC alleges that caddy Eugene Palumbo was subjected to a barrage of insults questioning his manhood and sexual preference from his male coworkers. He was even mocked in newsletters, which called him a "ball-less wonder" and suggested that he move to "a particular summer vacation spot that is generally known to have a large gay population," as the EEOC suit put it.

Besides violating his civil rights by allowing the harassment, Tallgrass "disallowed Mr. Palumbo's continued employment in retaliation," the lawsuit says.

Source: The Smoking Gun

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