AutoNation Workers Harassed and Fired for Refusing to Go to Strip Clubs
Two employees claim that they were harassed and fired by AutoNation, the largest auto retailer in the United States, for refusing to go to strip clubs and bordellos with co-workers.
Joshua McCarty and Kevin Petrie seek damages for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unfair business practices and wage and hour violations in Placer County Court, report Courthouse News.
The former employees claim:
AutoNation and the individual defendants participated in and/or fostered a sexually charged and drug and alcohol infused environment where management would force Josh and other employees to go to strip bars and brothels and would try to get Josh and others to receive sexual acts. In addition, AutoNation and the individual defendants would make sexually suggestive remarks, jokes and other inappropriate communications. AutoNation management (at least one or more) also would take drugs (cocaine and others) and drink alcohol (champagne and other drinks) at company or company sponsored functions. When Josh said he would rather focus on work and did not want to participate in such drunken sexual activities, he was scoffed at, ridiculed and mistreated including a cold shoulder, exclusion from meetings, retaliatory and unjust performance reviews, shorting of pay, mistreatment by Human Resources, decline in further promotions and other adverse employment actions and harassing and retaliatory conduct.
They claim that “AutoNation has a publicly known prejudice against gay people and, in fact, is subject to various suits regarding such already.”
Petrie claims his supervisors called him a “faggot,” “homo” and other derogatory words, harassed McCarty when he stood up for Petrie, and even harassed customers with such slurs.
Within a few weeks, both men were fired, according to the complaint.