A credit union in Kentucky has been hit with a lawsuit following its sacking last year of long-serving staff member Penelope Hudson, above, who was judged to be ‘too butch’ to serve customers.
She was also told that, as a lesbian, she couldn’t possibly believe in God.
Hudson worked for Park Community Credit Union offices in Louisville and Southern Indiana for 15 years and received positive performance reviews. But last year she was sacked because of her sexual orientation.
Hudson’s lawsuit, filed last Friday, alleges she was:
Passed over for promotions due to her supervisor’s animus toward lesbians.
She was told to change her appearance because she was “too butch” to deal with customers and
Was called ‘unprofessional’ because she wore her hair short.
The court filing says that:
Her sexual orientation was discussed with other employees and customers overheard those conversations.
It also says her supervisors and co-workers gossiped about her sexual orientation and would “belittle” her for not being a “typical woman”.
One of her supervisors asked that employees at her branch pray for good result, but noted that Hudson, the doesn’t believe in God since she is gay. She was told:
Because you’re gay, you don’t believe in God.
Hudson’s lawsuit also says that when a client at a business event sexually harassed her by flirting, trying to kiss her, and repeatedly asking for her phone number despite her turning him down, she complained to the Vice President of Human Resources.
Shockingly, the VP’s response was:
If the gay thing doesn’t work out you can also go the other way.
To insure it wasn’t for something related to her being gay.
Hudson says she is “heartbroken” over he sacking:
I loved my job and I was good at my job, and I loved the members that I dealt with every day. I gave my heart and soul to this company, and then I was fired for no other reason than that I am gay. That is hard to believe, and I’m filing this case because I want this company to know that this is not OK.
I never want any other LGBT person to be treated the way I was treated.
After being passed over for promotions and even being demoted, Park Community Credit Union ultimately fired Penelope in September 2016.
Months before she was fired, she received a positive performance review and she still gets questions from longtime credit union members about why they don’t see her at work anymore.
According to this report, Jim Spradlin, above, the credit union’s CEO, said the financial institution:
Vehemently denies the allegations made against us and will defend our position through all legal means.
Spradlin also said:
We take great pride in the diversity of our workforce and embrace each employee as a part of our family. We look forward to the public learning the truth about our organization, which is that our incredible employees are a treasure that we value.