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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)