Man claims he lost job at Home Depot because he is gay
Company faces lawsuit filed by another gay worker
Last Updated: 51 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A local man is claiming he was fired from his job at a Home Depot store because he is gay.
Chuck Vannoy's claims come as the home improvement retailer faces a discrimination lawsuit.
Vannoy said he has struggled to find full-time work since 2008 after he was fired from his management position at Home Depot. He had been with the company for eight years.
"If I would have been straight and had kids or a wife, it wouldn't have happened," Vannoy said.
Vannoy told 10News he faced harassment that began with a new boss.
"Somebody had told him that I was gay … it was like write-up, after write-up, after write-up," said Vannoy.
Vannoy opened up to 10News after hearing about another fired gay former employee. According to Courthouse News Service, a man who worked at a Lemon Grove Home Depot filed a $100,000 lawsuit that claims the company pushed out older gay employees for fear of paying medical benefits associated with HIV/AIDS to them and their partners.
Vannoy said, "It's an ongoing thing with all the Home Depots."
Vannoy told 10News he suspects the same manager is involved, and he added, "It's exactly my story."
Vannoy said he has no plans to sue, but he would like his job back.
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