Clin­ton shines light on gay law­suit against Trump

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Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton up­dated her cam­paign stump speech Oct. 24 to high­light anti-gay dis­crim­i­na­tion al­leged against a golf club owned by Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

Speak­ing to a large crowd at an out­door rally on a col­lege cam­pus in Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, Clin­ton said she had just found out that day that a gay main­te­nance worker has a law­suit pend­ing against a Trump golf club over anti-gay ha­rass­ment he ex­pe­ri­enced on the job. Clin­ton noted that the man’s su­per­vi­sors “did noth­ing” to stop the ha­rass­ment and even­tu­ally fired him.

Clin­ton said the ha­rass­ment was the type of dis­crim­i­na­tion “too many” LGBT peo­ple face to­day and crit­i­cized the man­age­ment of the Trump golf club, say­ing “in­stead of stop­ping the tor­men­tors, they turned on the vic­tim.”

Later in her stump speech Clin­ton re­it­er­ated her sup­port for mar­riage equal­ity. She also posed for pho­to­graphs with openly gay Mas­sachusetts At­tor­ney Gen­eral Maura Healey, who has been an ac­tive sup­porter of Clin­ton’s cam­paign. Join­ing Healey for the pho­tos and on­stage at the rally were Mas­sachusetts’ U.S. Sen­a­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren and New Hamp­shire Gov­er­nor Mag­gie Has­san.

The gay man’s law­suit against the New Jersey golf club was filed in May 2015 but ap­par­ently made pub­lic for the first time by a Slate.com colum­nist just an hour or two be­fore Clin­ton took to the rally stage in New Hamp­shire.

The law­suit, Eleazar An­dres v. Trump Na­tional Golf Club, was filed in a state su­pe­rior court in Cam­den County. The law­suit says that An­dres was hired in April 2014 as a main­te­nance worker and that he came out as gay to his fel­low em­ploy­ees. Fol­low­ing that, his fel­low em­ploy­ees taunted him with anti-gay ver­bal abuse and rou­tinely threw ob­jects, in­clud­ing rocks and golf balls, at him. Al­though a su­per­vi­sor promised to do some­thing to stop the abuse, the su­per­vi­sor re­fused to pro­vide the names of the fel­low em­ploy­ees so that An­dres could file a po­lice re­port.

The law­suit charges the golf club with vi­o­lat­ing state laws pro­hibit­ing sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion dis­crim­i­na­tion and cre­at­ing a hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment.

At­tor­neys from nei­ther side had re­turned calls by dead­line. Slate said Trump’s at­tor­neys ac­knowl­edged that An­dres’ fel­low em­ploy­ees threw rocks at him, but they re­port­edly ar­gued that his law­suit is in­valid be­cause An­dres him­self was guilty of con­duct that fos­tered or pro­voked the at­tacks.

By LISA KEEN

Hil­lary Clin­ton (l) com­mented on a law­suit against Don­ald Trump (r) at an Oct. 24 rally. (iS­tock­photo.com/andykatz; scar­let­sails)

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