Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gay Man Sues Rev Jesse Jackson For Sexual Harassment

We knew this was coming. Back in April, when Tommy R. Bennett spilled some How You Doin' tea about Rev. Jesse Jackson -- who's the founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition and the National Rainbow Coalition -- we knew that a lawsuit would be coming down the pipe line. And it's here. Last week, Tommy, who's a gay man, worked for Rev Jesse for two years (first as national director of community affairs then as national field director before he became Rev Jesse's whipping boy and travel assistant), before he claimed he was subjected to discrimination and sexual harassment from Rev Jesse, then fired because of his sexual orientation. In the lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Tommy is demanding $98,300 in back pay, front pay and lost benefits, and $350,000 in punitive damages. If you don't already know the explicit and scandalous details, you can grab some popcorn, pull up a chair (put on your pearls, too, if you need something to clutch) and catch up here -- or just read the court documents below. Trust us, it will have you gagging.

source: CNS
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