Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Religious Discrimination Suit Filed After Engineer Fired For Anti-Gay Comment on Company's Intranet

In a federal lawsuit filed last week, a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer, claiming religious discrimination and retaliation, sued for violations of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The complaint (full text) in Banks v. Rapid Global Business Solutions Inc., (ED MI, filed 7/10/2015) alleges that Banks, a Christian, who was working on assignment from Ford to RGBSI, Inc., was fired because of a critical comment he posted to an article on Ford's Intranet. The Intranet article celebrated an organization of Ford's LGBT employees. The offending comment said:
For this Ford Motor Company should be thoroughly ashamed.  Endorsing and promoting sodomy is of benefit of no one.  This topic is disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians and morality, as well as antithetical to our design and survival. Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote.  And yes-- this is historic-- but not in a good way.  Never in the history of mankind has a culture survived that promotes sodomy.  Heterosexual behavior creates life-- homosexual behavior leads to death.
Huffington Post reports on the lawsuit.