Updated: The New York Observer has been informed that Mr. Martinez has already filed the lawsuit.
Brian Martinez, Bloomberg Media’s former International Managing Director of Television, filed a lawsuit against his ex-employer this week. His claim? That he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation, as well as something that Michael Musto from Village Voice is relaying as “perceived disability discrimination.”
Bloomberg Media is already on the defense, putting out this official statement earlier today:
“Throughout his 10-plus years at Bloomberg, Brian was open about his sexual orientation and was promoted multiple times. We have always been a leader in providing benefits to domestic partners, and we covered the health benefits of Brian’s partners including an international relocation of his partner from Tokyo to London.
Any hint that his termination was related to sexual orientation is ludicrous to anyone who knows Brian or knows this company.”
Mr. Martinez was relieved of his duties in July, right after several months after an incident involving domestic violence between the plaintiff and his partner. So maybe Bloomberg Media isn’t discriminating against gay people (in fact, they have a pretty good track record of pro-LGBT hiring), but is discriminating against one gay person directly following a violent incident. Mr. Martinez had to go to a doctor after the fight with his partner in order to be deemed “mentally capable” to go back to work…something that the powers that be over at media juggernaut clearly didn’t agree with. But it’s hard to build-up a discrimination lawsuit for the company that employed and promoted you for 10 years while being fully aware of your sexual orientation. More as this develops.