In El Dorado County, amidst allegations of workplace discrimination, an Administrative Law Judge recently held that the termination of gay firefighter Paul Bado was valid for his alleged download and use of pornography on his fire station computer.
Administrative Law Judge Stephen J. Smith said that Bado’s dismissal was warranted and that he showed “poor judgment and indiscretion”. Another fireman was also dismissed for the same offense.
However, Paul Bado, who has worked for 16 years in the fire district, claimed that he was only framed for the pornography because he filed a discrimination and harassment suit against the district. He further alleged he did not download or view the pornography found on his hard drive as it was from an e-mail attachment that had automatically downloaded onto his computer.
In his lawsuit, he also alleged that over the years, he was continually subjected to ridicule, jokes, sexual innuendo, and was given prejudicial names. Although he lost the case, Bado said he will still appeal the decision.
Under the law, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee on the basis of his race, age, religion, disability and gender. In some instances, some states even specifically prohibit discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation.
Discrimination in the workplace is not only illegal – it is potential harmful to a company’s working environment. It is a toxic practice and can eat away relationships at work and foster unprofessionalism and destroy productivity.
Workplace discrimination should never be tolerated – for more information on what are the kinds of discrimination that can give rise to a civil complaint, read on at http://www.mesrianilaw.com/Civil-Rights-In-The-Workplace.html.