IKEA SUED BY WORKER FIRED FOR POSTING ANTI-GAY BIBLE QUOTES

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07/08/2019

Ikea is being sued by a former employee who claims he was fired for refusing to take down anti-gay comments from the company’s intranet. On May 16, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Swedish furniture maker posted an article on its internal website, underscoring support for the LGBT community. The post also encouraged employees to ask customers what pronoun they preferred and engage in conversations with LGBT customers about their partners and families. That didn’t sit right with at least one employee in Warsaw, identified only as Tomasz K. He told Polish state broadcaster TVP Info, “I’ve been hired to sell furniture but I’m a Catholic and these aren’t my values.” Tomasz posted a comment to the article, reportedly writing that “acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is a source of scandal.” Shortly after leaving his comments, Tomasz said he was called in by management and asked to take them down. “I said that I cannot withdraw my words because this is a quote from the Holy Bible,” he told TVP Info.” As a Catholic I can not censure God.” Not long after, Tomasz was brought back in and told his contract was being terminated. “I was supposed to pack, empty my locker and give them my ID,” he said.

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