It used to be that you could keep your religious beliefs about sexual orientation to yourself. Not anymore. As a new court ruling shows, if you’re the defendant in a sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit, a court may want to get inside your head in order to help prove WHY you are discriminating.
Case In Point: Jewelry store employee John Fairchild found himself fired just one day after he told the store owner that he was gay and his daughter was a lesbian. Fairchild says the owner was known to openly declare gays and lesbians “repulsive” and often quoted the Bible claiming homosexuality was a sin. Fairchild sued under New York state law for discrimination based on sexual orientation.
During the discovery phase, Fairchild’s lawyer sought to quiz the store owner about his religious beliefs. Specifically, he wanted the owner to answer these three questions:
- Does he believe “gays and lesbians ar...(register to read more)