Our sister in cyberspace Michael Musto just revealed Bloomberg Media, the software, data and newsgathering company founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will soon be facing an discrimination suit courtesy of a gay former employee.
I’ve just learned that Bloomberg Media’s International Managing Director of Television Brian Martinez—who I knew back in the ’90s club days—is filing suit with that company for having been relieved of his duties in July.
Martinez’s suit alleges that he was the victim of anti-gay discrimination and also perceived disability discrimination.
After a domestic violence incident with his then-partner, Martinez says his employer deemed him mentally incapacitated to continue working, though he says a doctor found him perfectly capable.
A spokesperson for Bloomberg Media denied the allegations: “We have always been a leader in providing benefits to domestic partners, and we covered the health benefits of Brian’s partners including an international relocation of his partner from Tokyo to London,” read an official statement. “Any hint that his termination was related to sexual orientation is ludicrous to anyone who knows Brian or knows this company.”
Bloomberg does have a solid record of domestic-partner benefits and other pro-LGBT nods, but this isn’t the first time the company’s been charged with discrimination: In September 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class-action suit on behalf dozens of female employees, arguing the company routinely discriminated against pregnant women who took maternity leave. That case was tossed out by the courts earlier this year.
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