Red Robin manager files discrimination suit, says he was fired because he’s gay

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Red-RobinWEST NYACK, N.Y. — A former general manager at a Red Robin restaurant has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit, claiming that he was fired from the company’s West Nyack franchise location because he is gay.

Brian Stone wants the Colorado-based restaurant chain to give his job back, pay his legal fees and pay him damages “for pain and suffering, anxiety, humiliation, physical injuries and emotional distress” after being fired in October after eight years as a Red Robin general manager, reports the Westchester Journal News.

The lawsuit, filed March 2 in U.S. District Court in White Plains, names the restaurant company and Louis Tsourovakas, who is identified as Stone’s regional manager.

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Stone alleges Tsourovakas harassed him, joked with another employee about Stone attending a gay pride parade in Miami and telling him in June 2014 “that he should look for a new job.”

Stone claims he was placed on a performance improvement program in retaliation after he complained to human resources about Tsourovakas, even though the restaurant had improved under Stone’s management.

Despite another complaint to Red Robin human resources, Stone said he was fired the following month.

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