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US: Gay employee sues airline association after being called a ‘fag’ and ‘bone sucker’

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  1. Good on him!

  2. “A4A does not tolerate discrimination in any form and intends to vigorously dispute these allegations.”
    Why don’t they investigate them rather than dispute them, then?
    Good luck to Mr Farina.

  3. To be fair we have two sides saying different things. You cannot make a decision based on no evidence. Let’s wait and see what the court decides.

    He may be a victim, or he may be someone looking for a quick buck.

    1. Lets be on his side for now. It can’t be easy to accuse your boss of homophobia in the US.
      We gave the depressed Latvian woman with the gay husband benefit of the doubt. She could be after a quick buck too, no?

      1. I wasn’t on either side, that was my point. I like to hear some facts first. My suspicion is he is a victim but I won’t comment until we know.

        1. Fair enough. But wasn’t it you that said on the other thread I referred to –
          “I hope the CSA catch up with the father and make him pay up. Why should I have to support his kids.”
          Did you have more facts on that story?

  4. That There Other David 7 Jan 2013, 11:49am

    Back in the mid-90s, before the Blair government brought in increased anti-discrimination employment protections, a similar thing happened to me. I ended up moving job, and am glad I did, but it goes to show how backwards the USA has become that 18 years later this sort of behaviour is still tolerated. I hope Stephen Farina nails the organisation to the wall, and that they radically update their HR policies as a result.

    1. Similar things happen to everyone, except most of us don’t go around suing our employers over frivolous matters because we don’t have Protected Status like the minority groups. We just have to deal with it and get on with life, and so should homosexuals.

      1. soapbubblequeen 7 Jan 2013, 4:09pm

        Bullying someone at work or insulting your colleagues (often done under the pretence of ‘humour’ I might add) for whatever reason, is never a frivolous matter. It just might cost you your job, so if you’re a bully Caligula (interesting avatar – do you identify with murdering Roman tyrants?) I would think twice, to give free advice, and be nice.

      2. Homosexuals have no more Protected Status than anyone else. But they are more often the victim of bullying, which is why you would see more headlines and court cases.

        Headline…

        Middle class white man sacked for being middle class male and white.

        Unlikely!

  5. If this supervisor had made discrininatory remarks about the colour of someone’s skin, there would be outrage. I can only hope the court is prepared to treat homophobia as it would racism.

  6. Garry Cassell 7 Jan 2013, 1:35pm

    Should sue for at least 100 million…then A4A will have something to chew on…rather than a bone…

  7. I hope they are taken to the cleaners if the court finds against them. This still seems to be the entrenched culture in too many work places.

  8. soapbubblequeen 7 Jan 2013, 4:05pm

    Good. I hope he wins. This is one of the reasons why I don’t want that right-wing twat-face Farrage to get into power with UKIP. He would try to take us back to the bad old days when we had no power to sue organisations and companies who allowed bullying and discrimination in the workplace to go unchecked.

  9. I wonder about this, if what he says is true good luck, but he also says that he got promotion which makes me wonder.

    1. Perhaps you missed the part where his promotion got his salary $30,000 to $90,000 BELOW his counterparts.

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