Ex-employee who accused San Antonio credit union of anti-gay discrimination speaks out

A former employee who’s alleging San Antonio Federal Credit Union prevented him from using the unisex employee restrooms says his manager was behind the discrimination.

Keith Crabtree started the petition on Change.org on Tuesday titled “Stop the discriminatory treatment of gay employees at San Antonio Federal Credit Union.” The petition outlines that gay employees cannot talk about their families or use the restrooms.

Although Crabtree didn’t respond to an interview request from Instant Tea, he told QSanAntonio that he was an employee since October 2011 and the discrimination began around the new year when he, the only male employee at the branch, was asked to use the restrooms in the lobby.

He filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is investigating it as sex discrimination, because he was the only male working at the location. His manager then allegedly began writing him up for things that never happened and told him to not speak about anything gay at work. When he complained to Human Resources in early March, he was later terminated, he alleges.

SACU spokeswoman Paige Ramsey-Palmer previously told Instant Tea that no complaints had been filed in regards to the restroom.

Crabtree has been with his partner for more than a decade and felt comfortable talking about his life with co-workers. His partner, Star Natal, commented on Instant Tea’s first story about the petition.

Natal wrote: “As Keith’s spouse of eleven years, I have witnessed first-hand my husbands strong work ethic. He stepped down from an executive position in the senior living field (where he fostered many future stars of the local industry) so that he could be in an environment with less pressure and work stress. His time at SACU proved anything but easy. He was targetted [SIC] and singled out daily. He regularly suffered retaliation for reporting inappropriate behavior by the branch manager. In my opinion, I believe that she, a 40 year old spinster, was very uneasy and disdainful around Keith because she couldn’t stand the fact that a happily partnered, highly skilled and polished professional would voluntarily go to work somewhere where she struggled for 15 years to move one or two steps up the corporate ladder. This woman was even witnessed publicly stating that she would keep any males from being hired as tellers at her branch because ‘men are drama’. Please sign our petition and contact SACU to tell them that anti-male, anti-gay policies will not be tolerated in todays society.”

Read part of Crabtree’s interview with QSanAntonio after the jump:

—  Anna Waugh

Ex-employee of San Antonio Federal Credit Union starts petition, alleges gays can’t use restrooms

A former employee of San Antonio Federal Credit Union started an online petition Tuesday that alleges the company prohibits its gay employees from using the unisex bathrooms. Instead, the petition states gay employees must use the restrooms in the lobby.

The petition on Change.org entitled “Stop the discriminatory treatment of gay employees at San Antonio Federal Credit Union,” also states that gay employees are not allowed to discuss their families, as their straight co-workers can.

SACU was started in 1935 and was federally charted in 1989, according to the website. About 700 employees work at 18 branches in San Antonio and one branch in Houston.

SACU spokeswoman Paige Ramsey-Palmer told Instant Tea on Wednesday that the company doesn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation.

“We totally disagree and we respectfully disagree with the allegations,” she said. “We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and because of this we take these allegations very seriously.”

—  Anna Waugh