McDonald's agrees to settlement in anti-gay discrimination case

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A victory was reached Wednesday for two men who went up against a Louisville food restaurant saying employees used anti-gay slurs when talking to them.

On July 26, 2008, Ryan Marlatt, Teddy Eggers, and three other friends stopped to eat at the McDonald's in the 400 block of East Market Street. The men say an employee verbally assaulted them because of their sexual orientation.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the men filed a complaint with the Louisville Human Relations Commission, which investigated the case. McDonalds came to a settlement with the two men, who are thrilled it went in their favor.

"Just because we're gay, just because we're different than someone else, which I don't feel I'm different then you are or anyone else. But, hopefully it'll open the eye and none of this will happen again," said Eggers.

McDonald's has agreed to give the two men $2,000 each, plus management at 30 of its restaurants will receive diversity training.

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