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.
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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?