An openly gay man is suing his former employer, a hospital in New Jersey, for allegedly discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation and "lack of conformity to traditional gender roles."
The man began working at the hospital in 2011 and was promoted to clinical operations coordinator in 2014. According to the lawsuit, following his promotion, his supervisor often ignored him and treated him with disdain. He alleges that she told him he "wore too much make-up and perfume" and that "men should not wear make-up."
The plaintiff alleges the hospital put him on a performance review plan, even though his supervisor had never raised any concern about his work. In 2015, two days after he filed complaints of sex discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination, the hospital terminated him.
The hospital claims it terminated the plaintiff for legitimate and documented violations of its policies and for poor performance in his final year working at the hospital. The former staff member is suing the hospital for compensatory and punitive damages for lost wages and emotional distress. Amanda Hoover "Hospital Fired Gay Man for Wearing Makeup, Lawsuit Claims," www.nj.com (Dec. 1, 2017).