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Gucci Salesmen's Discrimination Claim: Fired For Being Straight?

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A married former salesman at Gucci's Fifth Avenue flagship store has sued the company for $5 million, accusing two managers of discriminating against him for being straight. One manager gave Adolfo Mendez an unsolicited massage that went (per the NYDN) "from his shoulders to his rear end." The other talked constantly about sex and told Mendez "I know you're gay." The more Mendez complained, the more he was reprimanded, according to the suit. Ultimately he was placed on paid leave and then fired. We can't really figure out what makes this "straight discrimination" as opposed to plain old sexual harassment, but either way, it doesn't sound good.
· Gucci salesman says he was discriminated against by gay manager: suit [NYDN]

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