Massive home improvement retail chain Home Depot fired gay employees as a cost-cutting measure after the 2008 financial collapse, according to a lawsuit filed in California.
Lex Housh, a former manager at a San Diego store who is gay, says the company pushed out older, gay employees because it feared paying medical benefits associated with AIDS and HIV.
Housh, who was 57 when Home Depot fired him in 2012, contends in a lawsuit filed last week in Orange County he was discriminated against and sexually harassed by staff. He is seeking $100,000 in damages.
An email and phone message left by the New York Daily News weren’t immediately returned by Home Depot on Monday.
This year, watchdog group Human Rights Campaign ranked the chain as one of the best companies in the country when it comes to health benefits to lesbian and gay domestic partners.
But Housh’s complaint says that “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.”
The company wanted to cut costs during the economic fallout precipitated by the collapse of the housing market, the suit says, according to Courthouse News Service.
He also claims he received fraudulent personnel write-ups from supervisors, who ultimately fired him for putting a microwave into a trash compacter, a violation of hazardous materials laws, the suit says.
Housh said he was the subject of inappropriate sexual gestures and the recepient of sexually explicit photographs after his managers learned he was gay.
…and let me hold a stack when you win.
lowkey: they sexually harassed him?
home depot usually has some fine wolves working there.
let me find out they have all the good wood.
see what i did there?
article: ny daily news