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Worker Sues Ford After Being Fired For Anti-Gay Comments

Contract engineer Thomas Banks has filed a federal lawsuit againt his employer Rapid Global Business Solutions and Ford, where he had been working on assignment, after the companies fired him for using anti-gay language.

According to USA Today:

The matter dates back to July 2014, when Banks read an article on the Ford intranet that supported efforts to make Ford a more pro-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) environment.

Banks used the comment section of the article to say he felt the stance was an "assault on morality" and that Ford should not be endorsing and promoting sodomy, given that homosexuality would ultimately lead to the death of civilization.

"Endorsing and promoting sodomy is of benefit to no one," Banks said in the comment. "This topic is disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians and morality, as well as antithetical to our design and our survival. Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote."

Ford officials called him to a meeting, and after he confirmed he wrote the comments, he was told he violated Ford's anti-harassment policy and that his work for the automaker was terminated.

"I was stunned to realize that I was fired over expressing my faith in a single comment," Banks said in a statement at the time.

Rapid Global subsequently said he violated its policies and also fired him. The lawsuit claims the policies apply only in New York City.

Banks is from Ypsilanti, Mich. and had been working on assignment for more than three years at a Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan. 

Banks is arguing in his federal lawsuit that his civil rights were violated when he was fired on August 4, 2014 after "speaking up in defense of his religious beliefs."

He's currently seeking "an unspecified amount for damages for loss of wages, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, shame and anxiety."

Thoughts on this lawsuit, Instincters? Were his rights violated? Was he guilty of harassment considering he made the anti-gay statements on the Ford intranet?

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You have the right to say anything you want. Conversely, people have the right to respond. And if you use company property and a company-provided forum to communicate to a workplace audience, the company has the right to respond as well. This guy is SO gonna lose.

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He is an idiot and deserved to be fired !!! 

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Apparently there a lot of churches which tell people that saying ugly things about others is expressing your faith. And on company time!

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He was on company time and on company property. He was rightly terminated. 

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If I went on my companies website and bashed the CFO or President I would be dismissed and rightly so. His comments and opinions are his own and he has ever right to express them but there is a time and a place and if you work in a place were there is "0" tolerance for those kind of comments then what did he expect? 

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