The Human Rights Campaign ranked Home Depot as one of the best companies in the country for benefits to the LGBT community and their domestic partners earlier this year, but employee and former manager, Lex Housh, claims quite the opposite.
Housh, a manager at a Home Depot store in San Diego, has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming he was discriminated against and sexually harassed by staff when they discovered he was gay, according to New York Daily News. He is asking for $100,000 in damages.
Housh was 57 when he was fired. He claims that “Home Depot was concerned with ‘gay male’ employees because of its perception that it would pay more medical benefits associated with HIV and AIDS viruses.”
He said that during the collapse of the housing market in 2008, the company was looking for ways to cut costs. He also said he received fraudulent personnel write-ups from supervisors and received sexually explicit pictures from his managers and was subject to sexual gestures after his coworkers learned his sexual orientation. Housh was fired after 25 years of service for putting a microwave into the trash compactor.
This is an ongoing investigation.