A former letter carrier from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania has just filed a discrimination lawsuit against the United States Postal Service after he says he was harassed incessantly and eventually fired for being gay.
The man’s name has been redacted from the federal lawsuit to mitigate any risks of stigma or retribution. He is being referred to as simply John Doe.
According to the lawsuit, Doe, who is HIV-positive, worked for 12 years as a letter carrier. He was based out of the Postal Road branch of the postal service in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. That is until this past August, when he was let go.
Doe claims that, thought his tenure with USPS, his coworkers repeatedly used antigay slurs against him, including calling him a “sick f*ggot” and “Glinda,” the female witch from The Wizard of Oz, and mocked him for wearing his shorts “too tight.”
But it wasn’t just his coworkers. His manager did it too, allegedly telling him one day, “I f*cking swear to God I’m gonna get his ass fired.”
That day came on August 19, 2019, when Doe was told he was out of a job after being falsely accused of kicking a coworker.
The coworker’s name was Lisa Williams. In his lawsuit, Doe says Williams lied about the incident when she contacted police almost a week after it supposedly happened. Police charged him with harassment, but the charge was later dropped.
Managers dragged things out further by waiting another 40 days before conducting their mandatory pre-disciplinary interview with Doe, then waited another 53 days before giving him his “notice of removal.”
The day Doe was fired, Williams allegedly told her coworkers, “I’m so glad they finally got rid of that fruitcake,” according to another colleague who overheard her, the lawsuit states.
“Defendants acceded to Ms. Williams’ discriminatory bias and hate by wrongfully terminating Doe,” the lawsuit says.
As a result of being fired, Doe says he became depressed and now he doesn’t know how he’s going to pay for his healthcare costs, including his lifesaving HIV medications.
He is asking for his job back and to be paid for the time since he was terminated. He also wants compensation for pain and suffering and embarrassment.
USPS spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said she couldn’t comment on pending litigation but maintained that the U.S. Postal Service is “committed to providing a work environment free of harassment or other inappropriate conduct based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability.”
The Overgrown Orange Toddler™ is enabling these assholes. Here’s hoping tRump gets what he so richly deserves for spreading his gospel of hatred, racism, homophobia, misogyny & xenophobia!
So far this is just an accusation nothing has been proven , but that’s all sine morons need these days to further their agenda! Hate crimes and discrimination has steadily gone down! Blaming Trump is just ridiculous!
Rustyam – Hate crimes are at historically high levels in the US and other countries. This is a well publicized fact for anyone watching the news.
crustyiam: Hey man! Kinda curious about something…Does being a simpering, mewling kunt get you a lot of hot, hot action?
Good for John Doe for stepping up and suing USPS for the outrageous abuse. Yes, we know a lot of rural communities are not properly educated, often brainwashed by their local religions, but they must learn and evolve to accept us as science has proven, we are a part of normal civilization.
First thing I noticed was the redneck town he worked in.
I would’ve been recording every incident from the beginning. If it was really that bad you just know it’s only going to get worse.
Chrisk – It’s a matter of judgement obviously, but I wouldn’t consider Lehigh County to be redneck. Not least of which because it has a prestigious university, but also because it comprises the third largest city in Pennsylvania and isn’t that far from Philadelphia.
I too was a harassed U.S. Postal employee by both my supervisor (who was lesbian FOR GOD’S SAKE) and our unit supervisor. I was never suspended but I was discriminated against regarding promotions and offers of detail assignments to other units where I was loved and respected due to previous work there and relationships built while there. The manager of that unit ALWAYS asked for me when a detail assignment was available. I ended up taking early retirement because I could no longer stand the constant harassment; particularly by the supervisor. The truly sad thing is, I loved my job and wish I still had it but the pressure just became more than I could take. Assuming this man’s complaints are genuine, I hope he gets exactly what he is trying to get!
Welcome to being black in America. I will forever remind white people,”y’all started all this hate”. what do you expect?
P.s. I don’t apologize to white people.
There are no wars in Africa and the leader of a certain African nation isn’t facing crimes against humanity for genocide. Right?
Sir what difference does it make if you do not apologize to white people with this article. NOTHING. It only shows how miserable you are. Nowhere in the article that I read and reread did I see anything about him being black. It just shows how small you really are as a human. Under all our skin, we are the same. All the same. You probably need counseling. I hope you do get help and accept it and get better.
In was Also a USPS Worker and Yes, I was Harassed all the time. I had a Great Supervisor but then She found a Better Job and left and The New Supervisor from Detroit Hated Me and Did everything she could to get me Fired. After 6 months and going through several Union Reps It was just easier to Leave that Job and find something better.
I don’t believe it. I worked for the postal service for 10 years. It is almost impossible to fire someone, the union will fight it and drag it out for years of appeals. That’s why so many postal workers have horrible attitudes and are lazy slugs, because they know they’re untouchable. And that’s why so many supervisors treat them horribly, because that’s really all they have the power to do. It’s a vicious circle of misery and that’s why I left.
No idea what actually happened here, but I can guarantee that huge chunks of the story are being left out.
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