A former contract employee is suing Ford Motor Company for unlawful discrimination after the company allegedly fired him for expressing religious-based opposition to a LGBT employee organization.
Thomas Banks filed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against Ford Motor Company and Rapid Global Business Solutions Inc., the subcontracting firm that first hired him, saying they broke federal laws for firing him due to his religious beliefs. Attorneys at the Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm, are working with Banks on his case.
“We are shocked that Ford Motor Company would terminate one of their employees simply because he expressed his faith,” Liberty Institute director of litigation Hiram Sasser said in a statement. “If Ford is allowed to get away with firing Mr. Banks over this comment, we fear that every person of faith will be punished for talking about his or her faith in the workplace.”
Banks said Ford fired him after he posted a comment in a company online newsletter that announced the 20-year anniversary of Ford Globe, a resource group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and ally employees.
In the post, Banks said he thinks it is inappropriate for Ford to support LGBT issues.
“Endorsing and promoting sodomy is of benefit to 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 our survival,” Banks said in the post. “Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote.”
After talking with human resources representatives at both Ford and Rapid Global Business Solutions Inc., Banks said the companies told him he violated company policy for his comment.
Ford Anti-Harassment Directive B110 lists sexual orientation among the characteristics protected against employee harassment.
Banks said he did not realize the post would show his full name, but felt compelled to speak out against the newsletter.
“I felt like I had to do it. I couldn’t be a coward,” Banks said.
Source: The Blaze