ORANGEBURG, N.Y. — A former Lowe’s employee is alleging in a federal lawsuit that he was discriminated against for years at the store because he’s gay.
The Westchester County, N.Y. Journal News reports that Adam Haimowitz, 32, of Tallman, N.Y., says his frequent complaints to the human resources department fell on deaf ears and the company fired him in retaliation for his testimony on behalf of another gay employee who sued for sexual harassment.
Haimowitz, who worked nearly 11 years at Lowe’s in Orangeburg, N.Y. until his firing in August 2014, said in his complaint that a manager asked him for oral sex and a co-worker joked when he cut his finger that he might infect someone with AIDS.
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Fellow employees, he said, insulted him about his sexual orientation as if it was “a game.”
Haimowitz is seeking an unspecified amount of money in the suit filed last month in federal court in White Plains, N.Y.
“If one or two people stand up, maybe it will encourage other people to stand up or come forward,” he said.