For most people, work is a secular activity. You wake up in the morning, get ready for the day, perhaps you read the newspaper or watch CNN, and then head out the door after kissing your spouse goodbye. Unless you’re uber-Religious, or you work for a religious institution, there isn’t one thing inherently religious about work. Well, that is unless you work for Mary Ann’s, a local chain of restaurants within New York City.
Mirella Salemi sued Gloria’s Tribeca Inc., Gloria’s Tribecamex and owner Edward Globokar for what she claimed was a violation of New York City’s Human Rights Law. According to Salemi, Globokar would hold prayer sessions which lasted as long as two hours, in which he would often claim homosexuality as sinful and make remarks such as, “Homosexuals are going to Hell”. He would also tell Salemi that she needed to dress more effeminately, and that she needed to get married and have kids.
The appeals court just recently made the decision to uphold the ruling, awarding Salemi with $1.2 million dollars for punitive damages, with an extra $400,000 compensatory damages. Globokar claimed he was exercising his first amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, however the court rejected the notion, saying that whilst the court did protect his rights of freedom of speech and religion, he did not have the right to discriminate.
The original lawsuit was apparently filed back in 2012, but Globokar most likely filed an appeal. (*Most likely*) Businesses are often at the front line of LGBT issues, especially in the south, where “Right to Discriminate” bills are currently being debated under the cover of “Religious Freedom” legislation. Some businesses within the states debating said legislature are putting up stickers in their windows reading:
WE DON’T DISCRIMINATE!
IF YOU’RE BUYING,
Similar legislation was Vetoed in Arizona by the Governor after many Arizonans were outraged that it passed the House and Senate in the first place.
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