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Lawsuit Filed Against Aeropostale For Discrimination

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Anthony Lofties says he was fired because he is black and gay.

He says there were days where he would cry going to work and then cry leaving work because of the mistreatment he faced.

Soon after, Lofties started working at the Aeropostale store in the Oak Court mall in 2011, he filed a sexual harassment complaint against a manager. After that he says the company retaliated against him, changing his shifts and putting him under extra supervision.
Then in 2012 he was fired for, according to his termination paperwork, mishandling a 20-dollar bill at the cash register.

Weeks later, a manager contacted Lofties on-line to tell him that was not the reason he was let go. But in fact Lofties says the regional and district manager told him they were not to hire gay males and African-americans because they don't represent the image of the brand.

Lofties filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Aeropostale Incorporated last year. The suit alleges the reasons for his termination, "were mere pretext to enforce the defendant's police to not hire African-american males with an openly homosexual orientation." the company filed paperwork answering to the lawsuit denying there was any discrimination.

In an email statement the company says, "A√©ropostale strongly disputes these allegations.  We value a culture of inclusion and diversity within our workforce, and are committed to maintaining a workplace that exemplifies our values of integrity, respect, teamwork and compassion."

The lawsuit is moving forward in federal court though Lofties lost his attorney who withdrew from the case after taking a new job. Anthony Lofties is currently representing himself.
 
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