Every day, many employees across the United States suffer in silence from unfair treatment. Many Texas employees believe that it is something that they are forced to accept and that nothing can be done, so they choose to say nothing. Others fear receiving a wrongful termination because their employers may retaliate against them. Sadly, in these times, discrimination can still exist, and it may cause workers to speak out to put a stop to it.
A former Lowe's worker is claiming that the store discriminated against him because he was a homosexual, causing him to lose his job. The former sales specialist worked for the company for almost 11 years prior to his termination. His disparate treatment started not long after he was brought on board, but it apparently got increasingly worse after he testified on behalf of another employee against the company in a sexual harassment case.
The plaintiff claims that he was called a whore by one of his supervisors, claiming that, because he was gay, he apparently sleeps around. One of his managers allegedly teased him and asked him to perform oral sex. A co-worker purportedly chided the plaintiff when he cut his finger and stated that someone could contract AIDS.
The man asserts that he reported the activity to human resources, but nothing ever happened. After the court case that he was deposed in settled, he received discipline for minor infractions and was ultimately fired for unsuitable comments that he had allegedly made on the sales floor. The plaintiff believes he received a wrongful termination and that he was fired as an act of retaliation and discrimination. Texas workers who believe that they were fired unjustly have every right to pursue legal recourse.
Source: USA Today, "Gay ex-Lowe's employee alleges discrimination", Lee Higgins, Jan. 12, 2015