Straight guy claims discrimination based on sexual orientation

Posted on 25 Apr 2010 at 4:47pm

A salesman at Gucci’s 5th Avenue store in New York City said he was fired because he’s straight and filed a $5 million lawsuit, according to the New York Daily News.

Untitled 1The story is interesting mostly because of the way it is mishandled. Nowhere in the article does the writer point out that it is perfectly legal to fire someone because of sexual orientation. Heterosexual is a sexual orientation and this employee may have been the victim of discrimination. That’s why we need ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination  Act. It will protect everyone, because everyone has a sexual orientation.

The next thing that the story misses is that the guy may have been fired because of his sexual orientation (perfectly wrong but legal) but the scenario they describe details sexual harassment. Now, that’s illegal no matter which sexes are involved. Sexual harassment has to do with a higher ranking employee making the workplace uncomfortable for other employees through the use of sex. That’s a case this guy could win, if the details as described by the paper, are true.

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