A fired employee has opted to publicly criticize Ford for supporting the gay community, adding that his unemployment violated his religious civil rights.
Ford and the employer of a contract engineer have been sued by a man, claiming discrimination when he lost his automotive design job because he posted comments that were critical of the US carmaker’s support of the gay community. Thomas Banks of Ypsilanti opted to file a federal lawsuit against an engineering and employment service in Troy, named Rapid Global Business Solutions, and against Ford, where he was detached at a Dearborn factory for at least three years. Banks, a Christian, alleges civil rights violations when he was fired August 4, 2014, as he was defending his religious beliefs and accused Ford of “endorsing and promoting sodomy.” Banks said in his comment: “This topic is disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians and morality, as well as antithetical to our design and our survival. Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote.”
He asked for an unspecified amount for damages for loss of wages, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, shame and anxiety. The legal actions also comes five months after a nonprofit, Liberty Institute, also filed a complaint on his behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming he was fired following an accusation of violating Ford’s anti-harassment policy. The EEOC did not pursue the complaint and the matter goes back to July 2014, when Banks read and commented on an article on the Ford intranet that had the automaker supporting efforts to become a more pro-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) environment.