Home Depot Targeting Gay Employees For Firing?
We have to hope this isn't true because we've been on the Home Depot train ever since that sweet flashmob/gay marriage proposal and we don't want to get off!
A gay former Home Depot employee has accused the company of specifically targeting gay men for firing!
Home Depotemployee has slapped the hardware chain with a $100,000 discrimination lawsuit claiming the company targeted older, higher-paid managers as well as gay male employees for termination following the 2008 financial crisis.
Hardy "Lex" Housh, a gay man, was fired from a Home Depot store in Lemon Grove, Calif., in February 2012 after 25 years with the company, according to Courthouse News. He claims his termination was rooted in a scheme singling out older people and gay males because of their higher salaries and insurance costs.
"Home Depot was concerned with 'gay male' employees because of its perception that it would pay more medical benefits associated with HIV and AIDS viruses," Housh, 57, states in the 70-page complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court. "Also, Home Depot was concerned that it would have to pay costs associated with 'gay partners.' As of Jan. 1, 2012, Home Depot California made a decision to terminate all 'gay' employees because of the California Domestic Relationship Act. That legislation required employers to provide benefits to 'partners.'"
He alleges that he was targeted for termination and other harassment in October 2011 after his co-workers found out he was gay and after he registered his domestic partner to his
Home Depot denies the allegations made in the lawsuit.
We'll see what comes out when this goes to court. What do you think, Instincters? Do you buy these accusations?
Home Depot, we've given you so much good press! Don't fail us now.