Thomas Banks of Ypsilanti, Mich. has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was unjustly fired for leaving comments on a shared article detailing the automaker’s policy on LGBT ideas. The former product engineer received the online piece from Ford in July, and left the following statement in the feedback section:
“Endorsing and promoting sodomy is of benefit to no one. This topic is disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians and morality, as well as antithetical to our design and our survival. Immoral sexual conduct should not be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote,” Banks wrote.
“Heterosexual behavior creates life — homosexual behavior leads to death,” he added.
Banks filed his complaint with non-profit legal group Liberty Institute, naming both Ford and Troy, Mich.-based engineering firm RGBSI.
“If Ford is allowed to get away with firing Mr. Banks over this comment, we fear that every person of faith will be punished for talking about his or her faith in the workplace,” said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute director of litigation.
Banks was fired the same day he was notified his comments violated Ford’s anti-harassment policies. The automaker said it believes the situation “ultimately is between the individual and their agency employer,” as Banks was only a contracted Ford employee.