California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara takes photos of patrons riding its Psycho Mouse roller coaster and offers them for sale as souvenirs. Edmund Yang and Craig Person, two gay friends, didn’t buy a picture that showed them holding hands on the ride.
But that didn’t stop park employees from printing out the photo, adding a voice bubble, including a homophobic slur, and displaying it on a sales counter.
Yang and Person complained to the park’s HR office, but were unsatisfied with the park’s response.
Now they have filed a 10-count lawsuit against California’s Great America, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotion distress.
Final note: Harassment isn’t just an employment law problem. It’s illegal when directed at customers, too.
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