‘No other LGBT worker sould ever have to go through this again’.
A gay banker was fired from his job after posting photos of his engagement online, Brazilian media reports.
The unnamed worker claimed he was wrongfully terminated from his position at Banco Itaú because he came out as gay on social media.
He had worked at the bank for a year and a half, and received ‘numerous awards’ for meeting his target goals.
However, he also received homophobic comments from his bosses who would ridicule his style of clothing.
The employee was eventually dismissed from his position after posting photos and videos of his engagement to his fiancé online.
‘I’m deeply outraged that a bank of this size would use homophobia as a basis for dismissal, as opposed to the results of the workers,’ the employee said of his firing.
A complaint was filed with the human resources department, and a lawsuit could possibly be filed.
He added though he would never return to the bank, he wanted to make sure ‘no other LGBT worker would ever have to go through this again’.
The bank has yet to respond to the allegations, but union leader Fábio Pereira has also claimed the bank has sacked employees many times for reasons that have nothing to do with their work
‘This isn’t the first time this has happened at Itaú—we recently reported layoffs of people with disabilities,’ he said.
‘The bank needs to review its positions and we will make sure that this kind of thing does not happen again.’