Tennessee Man fired because he is Gay

Tennessee Man fired because he is Gay

There are 146 comments on the lezgetreal.com story from Jan 10, 2009, titled Tennessee Man fired because he is Gay. In it, lezgetreal.com reports that:

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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“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#23 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.
Sic the IRS on him too, and Homeland Security. If he's sending American money back to the middle East to support terrorism, that's a big crime. HUGE.

“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#24 Jan 10, 2009
Blond Prince wrote:
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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.
I wonder. Can homosexual business owners in Tennessee fire people because they're straight? Wouldn't THAT be a hoot!
GayTex

United States

#25 Jan 10, 2009
Well what needs to happen is contact all his donors,advertisers , etc and let them know we wont stay in your hotel nor will we buy product that advertise at the hotel or is other business.
Also someone said to email them that would be good.
also contact them by phone to. just go to his site and contact info is there.
Contact the travel board for Tenn. And the cities Tourist board.
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#26 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.
A couple of things. In my comment "It's Brentwood", the reference was to the fact it is in the most conservative county in Tennessee, and the fact this happened there is not at all surprising. They can't let some big-wig staying in a hotel know we have gay people there. Secondly, I get where you are coming from about growing up in Hicksville, I did too. I was open about my sexuality and never particularly hassled for it, but I knew and know how people in that town, and in this state feel by and large. My point is, I'm not holding my breath for gay people to be as accepted here as they are in say, Massachusetts or Vermont. A couple weeks ago after leaving the movie 'Milk' with a friend, I commented it seems like sometimes gay people have made great strides in the 30 years since his death, and other times, such as this, we have made none. A straight man and his wife leaving in front of us turned to us and said "sadly you are right, this is Tennessee after all". I will continue to fight for what I believe in, but I also know people in this state are not going to change for the better in my lifetime.
equalityboy81

Jacksonville, FL

#27 Jan 10, 2009
ltndncr59 wrote:
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I wonder. Can homosexual business owners in Tennessee fire people because they're straight? Wouldn't THAT be a hoot!
Unfortunately I don't think they can. Remember, straights have more civil rights than we do.
equalityboy81

Jacksonville, FL

#28 Jan 10, 2009
This was posted on a blog beneath the article:

If anyone is interested in e-mailing the Owner (Tarun Surti) his e-mail is -

[email protected]

(My words: I would encourage those who want, to email him.)

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#29 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.
Is that anything like Dade City and Zephyr Hills being major suburbs of Tampa?:O) Come on, I do not care if Brentwood was the center of gay openess, which I highly doubt. The fact remains that INS needs to be called on this owner and see how well he would do. Suburbs or whatever has nothing to do with this. If you are not in a major urban center, you might as well be in the closet because people, like the a-hole in this story, will let you know where he and his "culture" stands. Welcome to the deep south, sweetie, you haven't seen anything yet.

“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#30 Jan 10, 2009
equalityboy81 wrote:
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Unfortunately I don't think they can. Remember, straights have more civil rights than we do.
I think though, that this man may have a case if there were no OTHER gay employees fired. If the man fired ONLY this gay man, and not, say (and sorry for stereotyping) the lesbian working in maintenance, then he would definitely have a case for wrongful termination.

And I would like somebody to try firing an employee because he's straight in Tennessee. We'd be making a point, anyway. Reverse discrimination is a VERY powerful tool!

“Homosapien ”

Since: Jan 07

Minneapolis

#31 Jan 10, 2009
I'm so sick of this, the owner of the hotel should be shot or at least have the Tennessee football team lose in an embarrassing defeat before a national audience during a crucial playoff game. Oh that did happen, God has spoken and punished Tennessee for its bigoted ways.
equalityboy81

Jacksonville, FL

#32 Jan 10, 2009
ltndncr59 wrote:
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I think though, that this man may have a case if there were no OTHER gay employees fired. If the man fired ONLY this gay man, and not, say (and sorry for stereotyping) the lesbian working in maintenance, then he would definitely have a case for wrongful termination.
And I would like somebody to try firing an employee because he's straight in Tennessee. We'd be making a point, anyway. Reverse discrimination is a VERY powerful tool!
Indeed it is a very powerful tool. See what is happening in California now with the donaters to Prop. Hate (I mean Prop 8) wanting to remain anonymous?
Just Candid

Nashville, TN

#33 Jan 11, 2009
This is a right to work state. It does not mean you have a right to work here, it means an employer can refuse to hire you or fire you and not have to give any reason why. This allows employers to discriminate without being held accountable for biases or prejudices against a person's race,gender,religion or (but not limited to) sexual preference.
John S

Los Angeles, CA

#34 Jan 11, 2009
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

Wasn't this job just given to an openly gay man by the Obama admin. Sorry I don’t recall his name but if this is so, I'm sure he would love to hear about it
Most good hotels seek out gays for employees. They’re the best at many of these kinds of jobs.

If you picket or protest just make sure the news outlets are called. Remember the squeakiest wheel gets the grease. Raise Hell

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#35 Jan 11, 2009
Just Candid wrote:
This is a right to work state. It does not mean you have a right to work here, it means an employer can refuse to hire you or fire you and not have to give any reason why. This allows employers to discriminate without being held accountable for biases or prejudices against a person's race,gender,religion or (but not limited to) sexual preference.
LOL. Florida is a "right to work" state also, but no employer in this state is stupid enough to fire someone on the basis of being gay when you have publications like the Tallahassee Democrat, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, the Miami Herald, the Keys News, the Florida Times-Union and several other publications in the state willing to smear the employer.

I believe, in the five years I have lived here, I have heard of one case of where it happened here in Tampa. Within the week, the Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Miami Times, and the Orlando Sentinel were all slamming the employer for firing the gay employee. Because this employer had suppliers that had policies in place to protect their gay employees, the suppliers read the stories and immediately cut the employer off and sent them out of business.

See, do not piss off the gays in Tampa and Orlando and going south, the press is very much on our side and they are not afraid to smear stories about employers that think they can force the "right to work" mantra on us.

In the time I lived in the Carolinas and not far from Tennessee, I heard several cases of where people were fired, just on the presumption that they were gay. On the mere presumption and in several cases, the men in question were NOT gay. Talk about Salem witch trials in the deep south.
duckman

Kennett, MO

#36 Jan 11, 2009
terrible
duckman

Kennett, MO

#37 Jan 11, 2009
how sad

Mel in MI

“We're here! ”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#38 Jan 11, 2009
equalityboy81 wrote:
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Indeed it is a very powerful tool. See what is happening in California now with the donaters to Prop. Hate (I mean Prop 8) wanting to remain anonymous?
You were right the first time, Prop. Hate!
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#39 Jan 11, 2009
StevenFL wrote:
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Is that anything like Dade City and Zephyr Hills being major suburbs of Tampa?:O) Come on, I do not care if Brentwood was the center of gay openess, which I highly doubt. The fact remains that INS needs to be called on this owner and see how well he would do. Suburbs or whatever has nothing to do with this. If you are not in a major urban center, you might as well be in the closet because people, like the a-hole in this story, will let you know where he and his "culture" stands. Welcome to the deep south, sweetie, you haven't seen anything yet.
Brentwood's location has much to do with it IMO. It is the mega-bastion of right wing conservatism in a conservative state. One of the most vocal, loud-mouthed U.S. Representatives represents Brentwood, and knowing people who live there, they don't like gay people, period.
Maxxy

Antioch, TN

#40 Jan 11, 2009
mixed wrote:
I'm so sick of this, the owner of the hotel should be shot or at least have the Tennessee football team lose in an embarrassing defeat before a national audience during a crucial playoff game. Oh that did happen, God has spoken and punished Tennessee for its bigoted ways.
So, by your logic, Charlotte, NC, that hotbed of liberalism and gay activism <insert sarcasm here> lost it's football game too because it was being punished by God? What a moron.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#41 Jan 11, 2009
Maxxy wrote:
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Brentwood's location has much to do with it IMO. It is the mega-bastion of right wing conservatism in a conservative state. One of the most vocal, loud-mouthed U.S. Representatives represents Brentwood, and knowing people who live there, they don't like gay people, period.
That is okay, then they need to stay in their little conservative bastion and not come to our urban centers. I am not saying that Nashville or Memphis or major urban centers, but they are cities and the last thing we need is more conservative morons trying to force everyone to live the way they say to live.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#42 Jan 11, 2009
Maxxy wrote:
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So, by your logic, Charlotte, NC, that hotbed of liberalism and gay activism <insert sarcasm here> lost it's football game too because it was being punished by God? What a moron.
The Panthers losing was a disappointment.

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