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Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'
upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell."

Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant.

Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer, Derek Smith, called "the largest employment verdict in 2012 in New York." A three-judge panel of the Appellate Division's Manhattan-based First Department affirmed the verdict for Salemi.

“He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her livelihood,” Smith told the New York Post in 2012. “He thought praying might cure her of her sexuality, but she is someone who didn’t need to be saved.”

Globokar had attempted to argue that he was simply exercising his right to free speech.

"The trial court properly protected Globokar's First Amendment rights by instructing the jury that he had 'a right to express his religious beliefs and practice religion, providing that he does not discriminate against his employees based on religion or sexual orientation,'" the judges wrote in their ruling.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: activistcourts; celebratesin; churchandstate; downisup; freespeech; homosexualagenda; judicialactivism; nyc; sexuality; sin; sodomandgomorrah; thoughtcrime; tribeca; waronchristianity; waronreligion
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1 posted on 04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Soon, only the queers and their quislings will be able to own any business or even have employment.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 6:56:19 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: JoeProBono

Does a lesbian chef make lesbian food?


3 posted on 04/01/2014 6:56:53 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: JoeProBono

Nobody should be forced to go to worship services against their will. I would like to sue the next time I’m required to take ‘diversity-sensitivity training’.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 6:57:23 AM PDT by AU72
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To: PGR88
Does a lesbian chef make lesbian food?

Bet it tastes fishy.

5 posted on 04/01/2014 6:57:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

My sympathies aside, no one should be forced to worship a deity they don’t believe in but, $1.6 million? Wow.


6 posted on 04/01/2014 7:00:49 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: JoeProBono

New York, New York


7 posted on 04/01/2014 7:02:11 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: AU72
Almost all lesbians are atheists or agnostic. Neither believe in hell.

All companies have stupid meetings, many of which must be attended as a condition of employment.

I've had to attend company meetings which preach doctrines I do not believe in (such as diversity for the mere sake of diversity).

How is this situation any different? Other than it going against ruling class norms?

8 posted on 04/01/2014 7:02:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s OK. Andy Cuomo declared the whole state “konservativrein” back in January, so all those pesky religious folk will self-deport . . . along with their money.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 7:02:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: JoeProBono

Just wondering if Globokar is a mooselum but on second thought, if so, he would have simply beheaded her.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 7:04:23 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder what “force” was used to compel her attendance...


11 posted on 04/01/2014 7:06:59 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: JoeProBono
assuming her full boo dagger posture....


12 posted on 04/01/2014 7:08:49 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: JoeProBono

She couldn’t quit?


13 posted on 04/01/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: PGR88
Does a lesbian chef make lesbian food?

Carpet au jous and rare beaver.

14 posted on 04/01/2014 7:09:47 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono

Obviously the amount of the lawsuit is over the top, but unless the workplace is a church or other religious organization, no supervisor should ever require any employee to attend a prayer service.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 7:11:33 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: AU72
Nobody should be forced to go to worship services against their will. I would like to sue the next time I’m required to take ‘diversity-sensitivity training’.

Well put. That would make a great tag line.

16 posted on 04/01/2014 7:12:02 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: JoeProBono
"the largest employment verdict in 2012 in New York."

Technically this was settled OoC....so, I guess, it doesn't count... Mario Batali to Settle Restaurant Lawsuit for $5.25 Million

17 posted on 04/01/2014 7:12:21 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Vigilanteman

I think pretty much everyone believes in hell/death.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 7:12:56 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: JoeProBono

Christian version: “He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her livelihood,” Smith told the New York Post in 2012. “He thought praying might cure her of her sexuality, but she is someone who didn’t need to be saved.”

Muslim version: “He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her life,” Smith told the New York Post in 2012. “He thought killing might cure her of her sexuality because she is someone who didn’t need to be converted.”


19 posted on 04/01/2014 7:13:28 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: JoeProBono

In states that have “human rights” boards or anything similar it is extremely dangerous to hire a person of “diversity.” You never know when you will be dragged in front of a witch trial.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 7:14:03 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: PGR88

“Does a lesbian chef make lesbian food?”

No, angry food.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 7:14:04 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: cuban leaf

Maybe. But for libtards, hell and God are creatures of their own creation.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 7:14:05 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: muir_redwoods
...no one should be forced to worship a deity they don’t believe in but, $1.6 million? Wow.

The owner should have made the prayer service optional and / or the chef should have demanded to be left out of the service. But the fine is really the only crime committed here.

23 posted on 04/01/2014 7:15:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

But the point is to criminalize Christianity,
and “opting out” wouldn’t have furthered that goal.


24 posted on 04/01/2014 7:16:13 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

This screams of a Supreme Court case


25 posted on 04/01/2014 7:18:49 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: little jeremiah

You’re not gonna believe this one.

“He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her livelihood,” Smith told the New York Post in 2012. “He thought praying might cure her of her sexuality, but she is someone who didn’t need to be saved.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah, I’m sure these meetings were “mandatory.”

No one knows how to lie like a sexual deviant.


27 posted on 04/01/2014 7:22:11 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: JoeProBono

While I agree that praying for this woman is a good thing, ‘forcing’ her to attend weekly prayer meetings is wrong. A wrong that is worth $1.6 million? Don’t think so! A more interesting question would be, if Ms. Salemi worked in a ‘halal’ restaurant and the owner insisted she go to the mosque every Friday for prayers, where they prayed for her, would she, or the muhamedan win?

I find it ironic that a lawyer speaks of ‘threatening her soul’! Most LLBs that I have met, do not believe in a soul and many operate without the appearance of having a soul or a conscience. Obviously, Mr. Smith also feels he does not need ‘to be saved’. His future looks very thirsty!


28 posted on 04/01/2014 7:23:07 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian ( I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

He’s threatening her soul, but then she doesn’t need to be saved.

Well, which is it?


29 posted on 04/01/2014 7:23:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

I love Lesbian food, especially humus.


30 posted on 04/01/2014 7:24:23 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: JoeProBono

Celebrate sin. So much for a separation of Church and State. The State is pushing its ways on the rest of society.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 7:24:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: JoeProBono

Bad cases make bad law.


32 posted on 04/01/2014 7:25:17 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: JoeProBono

Next you will be told that you may not pray for the conversion of atheists and muslims.


33 posted on 04/01/2014 7:26:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: JoeProBono

But atheists will be protected to continue calling religious observers “idiots who will one day open their eyes to the fallacy of their superstitions”. That’s not a prayer, you see.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 7:27:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: MeshugeMikey; Revolting cat!

35 posted on 04/01/2014 7:30:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: JoeProBono

We’re becoming worse than all the corrupt banana republics we used to laugh at. Truth is apparently no defense.


36 posted on 04/01/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: JoeProBono

“she is someone who didn’t need to be saved.”

Prove it.

We are all sinners. We all need to be saved.

Lawyers lie.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 7:31:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: JoeProBono

People tell me I am going to Hell on a near daily basis.

We have differing theology, big whoop.

I guess my skin is thicker.


38 posted on 04/01/2014 7:31:51 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: dfwgator
Perhaps your query would be better directed to Mr. Derek Smith, her shyster lawyer, since he made such comments.
39 posted on 04/01/2014 7:32:11 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian ( I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: freedomlover

Bad judges make bad law.


40 posted on 04/01/2014 7:32:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: PGR88

Fish tacos were her speciality.


41 posted on 04/01/2014 7:32:45 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: dfwgator

“But it tastes fishy”

Their pies aren’t bad once you acquire a taste. I am a
lifelong male lesbian so I have made it a point to
try many versions as possible.


42 posted on 04/01/2014 7:33:43 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Vigilanteman

Not so. There are huge number of gay-promoting places of worship out there, and hence, there are a lot of lesbians who affiliate with Christian churches. Synagogues, too. “Conservative” Jews ordain lesbian rabbis, I believe even in Israel, but certainly in NYC. And of course the Episcopalians with their lesbian bishops.


43 posted on 04/01/2014 7:34:10 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Right is right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody's doing it.- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: a fool in paradise

love it!


44 posted on 04/01/2014 7:41:27 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: JoeProBono

This is an April Fool’s joke, right??

Can’t fool me, it’s too silly to believe!!


45 posted on 04/01/2014 7:44:37 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

OK, that’s an April Fool’s photo!!

No one is EVER going believe that’s a photo of a WOMAN.

Now put up the REAL photo of this icon of feminine beauty and grace!!


46 posted on 04/01/2014 7:47:47 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: Bon of Babble

Funny you should say that, as I breeze through the headlines on FR, almost every headline sounds like an April Fools Joke, they are just so hard to believe.


47 posted on 04/01/2014 8:02:45 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Bon of Babble
ahahahahaha

okay.. heres somethimg that CLOSE to an April Fools photo...


48 posted on 04/01/2014 8:03:44 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Vaquero

Agreed


49 posted on 04/01/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Biden is the ORIGINAL fool!!

He’s a fool Every. Single. Day.

(and lucky for US, at least he provides us with lots of laughs. If (God Forbid) Hilary is elected, imagine the jokes! Of course, she’ll make sure this entire country is a JOKE.).


50 posted on 04/01/2014 8:13:16 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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