Gay man sues Coldwell Banker for wrongful termination

BY admin

August 19 2005 11:00 PM ET

A gay Kansas man
has sued the real estate company where he worked, saying
he was fired because of his sexual orientation and for
rejecting the sexual advances of a female coworker.
Tim Watchous says Coldwell Banker Americana violated
its own policies prohibiting sexual harassment and
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The
company is a Coldwell Banker franchise in Hutchinson,
Kan.

Watchous says the
coworker insisted she could change his sexual
orientation if she could be with him physically just one
night. The lawsuit claims the company told him in an
e-mail message that he was fired because of what it
called "a bump in the road" with that female coworker
and because of other employees' concerns about his
"lifestyle." Lambda Legal, which is representing
Watchous, said in a press release that Watchous feels
he wasn't being treated fairly and that no one should
have to endure the same thing he did. Coldwell Banker
Americana would not comment on the lawsuit.
(Sirius/OutQ)

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