A former salesperson for Ashley Furniture is claiming that her employer fired her after discovering she is a lesbian. The plaintiff, Isabel Perez, claims that her employer fired her last year after a Human Resources director found a decal from the Human Rights Campaign on her car. The HRC is an organization which promotes equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
According to Ms. Perez’s complaint, the HR director questioned her about the bumper sticker and then made a comment that she may not fit in with the culture of the company. The HR director then said, in essence, she would “pray” about the issue and then make a decision. The store fired Ms. Perez the next day.
If you are disciplined, suspended, demoted, fired or otherwise treated differently because of who you are as a person, rather than what you have done as an employee, you may have rights under state and federal employment laws. It is unlawful to discriminate against employees because they were born a certain color, a certain ethnicity, or a certain sexual orientation.