A Tennessee man is suing his former employer because his boss fired him after finding out he is gay, WSMV reports.
James Thompson, who was a staffing coordinator for temp agency Abacus Corporation, confronted a subordinate after he made derogatory comments about same-sex marriage. The employee then cursed at Thompson and left work, prompting Thompson to fire him.
Thompson says his boss, Abacus Vice President Bill Lund, flew in to ask him personally what had happened.
“After that meeting he actually asked me if I was gay,” Thompson told WSMV. “And the following working day he terminated me.”
Thompson says he has no disciplinary history with the company.
“Never been written up, never been put on probation,” he told WSMV.
Thompson is seeking $400,000 in damages, but he also wants to send a message.
“What I want to see come out of this is for the discrimination to stop,” he told the station. “Not just for gays, bisexuals, lesbians, all discrimination.”
Abacus told WSMV in a statement that they can’t comment on pending litigation, but did say that Thompson’s allegations are “without merit.”
Watch the report, from WSMV, here:
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