US: Ford, job firm sued by man fired on anti-gay views image

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.


  • jjgrandisland

    How incredibly sad. Just another attempt at playing a martyr and hopefully getting a settlement. First, he is a contractor…not an employee. The position is clearly at will. Secondly, how foolish for this man to write something like this on a company website. Clearly this man has a lack of common sense. Not only could he damage his career but also the business opportunities for his employer. Thank goodness they fired him immediately so they did not lose valuable business flow from Ford. I will watch this case with interest.

    • Chip Marcks

      ” I will watch this case with interest.” says he. Great, who cares, have a gay old time watching the case.

  • davessworks

    Interesting case. Of course expressing one’s faith, as a Christian, would be to state what one’s faith is, not to express personal opinions about sodomy, whether grounded in one’s interpretation of the bible or not.

  • Jet Gardner

    You just gotta love a “Good Christian” moaning about being hated and discriminated against…
    …and all because they won’t let him hate and discriminate.
    Ford was absolutely justified.