Tennessee Man fired because he is Gay

Jan 10, 2009 Full story: lezgetreal.com 146

Wonder why we need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

WSNM television in Nashville, Tennessee is reporting that David Hill, an openly gay man, was fired Tuesday from the former Brentwood Holiday Inn, simply because he was gay.

About his dismissal Hill said this…
They literally said to me because of my orientation and my alternative lifestyle, that I was not a fit for the hotel… The owner said, 'I don't give a damn. They can sue me. I will not have any of the gays in leadership roles in my hotel.' And that's a quote,"
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Since: Jul 07

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#1 Jan 10, 2009
I say sue the hell out of that owner and shut that hotel down. Maybe then Mr. Hill can use the money and open up his own hotel.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#2 Jan 10, 2009
Unfortunately, this is probably legal there, and shows why we need laws protecting gay people from discrimination.
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#3 Jan 10, 2009
It's Brentwood. 'Nuff said. This would not have happened in say Green Hills or the Vandy area.

Since: Jan 09

North York, Canada

#4 Jan 10, 2009
Incidents like this are exactly why I questioned the push to make marriage the big organizing push. Incidents like this happen every single day. While marriage is important, not being employed means poverty.
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#6 Jan 10, 2009
Norm wrote:
I called the phone # listed and it's been disconnected. Find out the #, keep finding out the new # and keep calling till they can't have a phone and people won't be able to book a room there.
I'd support this, but the vast majority of people that make hotel reservations do so via a toll free number, not directly with a particular hotel itself. The Yellow and White pages online do not list local numbers for the hotel. I'd suggest this get forwarded to Out & About if it hasn't already, and The Scene as well.
unimpressed

Waianae, HI

#7 Jan 10, 2009
Send them plenty of emails letting them know how wrong they are. I can't believe they have a dot org...I thought that was suppose to be for charitable and non-profit organizations

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#8 Jan 10, 2009
Mnmboi wrote:
I say sue the hell out of that owner and shut that hotel down. Maybe then Mr. Hill can use the money and open up his own hotel.
I doubt a lawsuit would be successful. I believe it is perfectly legal in Tennessee to fire someone simply because they are gay.

How sad.

:(
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#10 Jan 10, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
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I doubt a lawsuit would be successful. I believe it is perfectly legal in Tennessee to fire someone simply because they are gay.
How sad.
:(
Unfortunately, you are correct. It's likely to stay that way a long time. TN will be one of the last states to ever do anything even remotely progressive.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#11 Jan 10, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
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I doubt a lawsuit would be successful. I believe it is perfectly legal in Tennessee to fire someone simply because they are gay.
How sad.
:(
Unfortunately true.

When I lived in Tennessee in the 90's, I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper in support of LGBT rights.

My boss called me into his office and told me that he didn't think our clients would approve of me being openly gay. He threatened to fire me. I told him that if he did, I would go directly to those several hundred clients--who had always been exceptionally appreciative of my work--and let each of them know exactly why he fired me.

I walked out of his office and he never said another word about it.

I think a useful avenue of boycott would be to alert travel agencies and travel websites about the discrimination of Atre' Hotel & Suites, and request that they do not book rooms there.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#12 Jan 10, 2009
ScottyMatic wrote:
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Unfortunately true.
When I lived in Tennessee in the 90's, I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper in support of LGBT rights.
My boss called me into his office and told me that he didn't think our clients would approve of me being openly gay. He threatened to fire me. I told him that if he did, I would go directly to those several hundred clients--who had always been exceptionally appreciative of my work--and let each of them know exactly why he fired me.
I walked out of his office and he never said another word about it.
I think a useful avenue of boycott would be to alert travel agencies and travel websites about the discrimination of Atre' Hotel & Suites, and request that they do not book rooms there.
A boycott of the place is a good idea !

:)

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#13 Jan 10, 2009
Maxxy wrote:
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Unfortunately, you are correct. It's likely to stay that way a long time. TN will be one of the last states to ever do anything even remotely progressive.
The LGBT people I know who grew up in Tennessee are all conditioned to believe that if they are open about their orientation, they will be shunned and lynched. However, I was not just openly... but PUBLICLY gay in a small Tennessee community for several years. What I discovered was what anyone discovers when they stand up to a bully: Bullies are inherently cowards.

The greatest resistance to my being vocal about what I bevieved in came from members of the local gay community. Some of them felt that my addressing our issues in a local, public forum would create a backlash of discrimination. They were wrong. They themselves were the only ones who ever had the courage to oppose me.

Imagine if, instead of opposing my fight against discrimination, they would have gotten together and opposed the discrimination themselves, as they should have been doing all along.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#14 Jan 10, 2009
Tennessee?*Shuddering*

With that said, I think boycotting the hotel that is in the middle of nowhere will not prove much.

Since the article stated that the owner comes from a different culture (probably Middle Eastern) that is less accepting of gays, I think it should be fair that we call INS on him and have them investigate whether this guy is legally in this country or not. If he is not here legally, let's ship him out of this country and back to where he came from.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#15 Jan 10, 2009
StevenFL wrote:
Tennessee?*Shuddering*
With that said, I think boycotting the hotel that is in the middle of nowhere will not prove much.
Since the article stated that the owner comes from a different culture (probably Middle Eastern) that is less accepting of gays, I think it should be fair that we call INS on him and have them investigate whether this guy is legally in this country or not. If he is not here legally, let's ship him out of this country and back to where he came from.
Brentwood is NOT in the middle of nowhere--it is a major suburb of Nashville--a major tourist destination. A boycott could substantially hurt their business. Many important country music stars, including Garth Brooks, are openly supportive of LGBT equality.

The owner is from India, and when he is in the country, he is here legally.

Besides, if you think for a second that INS would try to deport a Billionaire hotel chain owner, then perhaps you're being naieve about how much power INS actually has. It's hard enough for them to stop people walking right across the border into the suburbs of San Diego.
Paulathesurfmom

Mason, OH

#16 Jan 10, 2009
I have up dated this story... seems this may well be a case of your tax dollars at work here.

ARTE the owners main company is a non-profit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3) that was set up as an incubator project with a $500,000 development grant from The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and a $1.2 million grant The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

and we found out that when he took this business over, the first thing he did was asked for a list of gay employees.

I will tell you this though, he has a very helpful straight staff still working there... they were very eager to talk about this.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#17 Jan 10, 2009
Stop worrying about the bigots in Tennessee (and everywhere else)- they'll never change until forced to by law. Even then they won't change, but at least we can sue them when they try crap like this.

It's time to concentrate on getting the Dems in Congress to pass ENDA. That's why we increased their majority this past election. I know some will yap about the economy being more important, but it doesn't matter what the ecomony is doing if I DON'T HAVE A JOB!!!!!

“in eastern nc”

Since: Apr 07

Jacksonville /CampLejeune

#18 Jan 10, 2009
the owner is worried that the gay clerk would not approve when the local customers bring their sisters and cousins to the motel to have sex and the sheep may leave fleas etc. where as the owner is accustomed to this behavior and is OK with it. Hey man it's the bible belt and it's TENN. what more is there to say....
Blond Prince

Chattanooga, TN

#19 Jan 10, 2009
Mnmboi wrote:
I say sue the hell out of that owner and shut that hotel down. Maybe then Mr. Hill can use the money and open up his own hotel.
At this time, it is perfectly legal in that State and many other States for a gay person to be fired from a job, denied housing and even be thrown out of a Wal-Mart store simply because the person is gay OR HETERO.

The good news is this will change on the Federal level under Obama.

The way to deal with this is to let people like that homophobe know while there is no protection for sexual orientation it works both ways. Gays can do the exact same thing to heterosexuals simply because people are heterosexual.

As for dealing with the Hotel bigot in a direct way, GLBT are free to protest in front of that Hotel and bring down enough pressure that he goes out of business. Be sure, he will be out of business this year unless he changes his ways.

My bet is he changes his ways very soon because he will soon feel the full force of financial power of the GLBT community through ACLU. The man will go bankrupt imo and become homeless.
Blond Prince

Chattanooga, TN

#20 Jan 10, 2009
Does anyone have the phone number to that Hotel?

I might be going on Holiday and need a place to stay so please post the business number if you can find it. It is a place of business as in Hotel so there should be no problem posting that sort of phone number.

Thanks.
Blond Prince

Chattanooga, TN

#21 Jan 10, 2009
ScottyMatic wrote:
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Brentwood is NOT in the middle of nowhere--it is a major suburb of Nashville--a major tourist destination. A boycott could substantially hurt their business. Many important country music stars, including Garth Brooks, are openly supportive of LGBT equality.
The owner is from India, and when he is in the country, he is here legally.
Besides, if you think for a second that INS would try to deport a Billionaire hotel chain owner, then perhaps you're being naieve about how much power INS actually has. It's hard enough for them to stop people walking right across the border into the suburbs of San Diego.
Be sure, the bigot will change his ways or he will in fact go bankrupt. The owner will never get away with this sort of bigotry. He thinks he will but he will not. He is going to go bankrupt in business and will suffer so much legal debt and lawsuit that he will file for personal bankruptcy as well.

He has financially destroyed himself because of his lifestyle choice of bigotry. Good
The above post is my opinion as are most of my posts.
BUCK

Livonia, MI

#22 Jan 10, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
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A boycott of the place is a good idea !
:)
lol, the hotel will support you on that one!

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