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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 4:00:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway

New York appeals court affirmed the 2012 ruling for Mirella Salemi.

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: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; lesbihonest

1 posted on 04/01/2014 4:00:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He had every right to pray as he wished. He did not have the right to compel any one else do do so, the amount is I think to high but he was quite in the wrong.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 4:05:13 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: nickcarraway

There was a time when the courts were used to seek remedies for people who were ACTUALLY hurt in some way.

Now it’s millions for the hurt feelings of a specially-privileged government-certified victim group.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Bidimus1

Better spend it all as Lucifer only deals in Souls!


4 posted on 04/01/2014 4:07:06 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: nickcarraway

If he “forced” her she’s a coward. But I see the merits of coercion to earn money.

Still, if she was any good she could have found work elsewhere.


5 posted on 04/01/2014 4:08:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: nickcarraway

[ 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.” ]

If she was being forced to go to meetings then I would say the only money owed is perhapse the salary covering that time + legal expenses...

Of course one shouldn’t be able to force an employee to go to a prayer meeting as a condition of employment UNLESS the employment is at a Church or other religious institution.

You couldn’t have an islamic business owner forcing christian employees to read from the koran for instance...

However, I wonder if this is something that is being blown up...you know for “agenda purposes”...

nah... couldn’t be....


6 posted on 04/01/2014 4:08:54 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:6


7 posted on 04/01/2014 4:10:46 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Bidimus1

He had every right to pray as he wished. He did not have the right to compel any one else do do so, the amount is I think to high but he was quite in the wrong.

The amount is WAY overblown, it should at the MOST be the person’s salary covering the time in question.

So forinstace if he forced her to pray from 1/1/2012 to 6/1/2012 the MAX would be 6 months of pay.... MAXIMUM and not a penny MORE...


8 posted on 04/01/2014 4:11:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Bidimus1

The guy was foolish. He should have just found a way to discreetly lay her off after he learned this woman was a hate filled dyke (a tautology, I know).


9 posted on 04/01/2014 4:14:32 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Bidimus1

I agree that he shouldn’t have compelled her to go. Who do I sue for employees being compelled to go to “diversity” indoctrination?


10 posted on 04/01/2014 4:16:00 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Fledermaus

I am trying to think how this would be if the situation were reversed. If my employer was gay or lesbian and insisted that I attend “meetings” that celebrate the gay lifestyle, then I would just quit and go elsewhere....oh wait, this is going on in most of the major workplaces across the nation in the interest of DIVERSITY. I guess I am just plum out of luck....


11 posted on 04/01/2014 4:18:35 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: mrsmel

I keep saying that eventually somebody’s going to file a hostile-environment suit for being forced to watch those harassment videos. It doesn’t matter how you meant it, it’s how the victim felt about it, right?


12 posted on 04/01/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: nickcarraway

$400,000 compensation on top of $1,200,000 punitive damages.

I wonder how much my friend could clear for having to go in once a month for a mandatory meeting (on his day off) for an UNPAID staff meeting.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 4:19:59 PM 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: I want the USA back

> There was a time when the courts were used to seek remedies for people who were ACTUALLY hurt in some way.
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> Now it’s millions for the hurt feelings of a specially-privileged government-certified victim group.

Not to mention denying that those who have suffered hurt have no ‘standing’.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 4:20:46 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GraceG
You couldn’t have an islamic business owner forcing christian employees to read from the koran for instance...

Can employees of In & Out Burger (for instance) sue claiming a "hostile work environment" because of biblical quotes on the french fry bags they must handle?

15 posted on 04/01/2014 4:22:33 PM 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: Bidimus1
. He did not have the right to compel any one else do do so

If she didn't like what he was doing, she could have sought employment elsewhere. Problem solved. He didn't force her at the point of gun to attend his prayer sessions.

16 posted on 04/01/2014 4:23:19 PM PDT by Kazan
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To: posterchild
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:6

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.


For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

17 posted on 04/01/2014 4:24:24 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: a fool in paradise

[ Can employees of In & Out Burger (for instance) sue claiming a “hostile work environment” because of biblical quotes on the french fry bags they must handle? ]

No, because they are not being forced to read them.

You cannot force an employee to do the crossword on a McDonalds placemat either...


18 posted on 04/01/2014 4:26:58 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
So forinstace if he forced her to pray from 1/1/2012 to 6/1/2012 the MAX would be 6 months of pay.... MAXIMUM and not a penny MORE...

That is what unemployment compensation is for. If she was offended by the request, she should have refused to participate and allowed him to fire her. Then, she can collect an unemployment check.

19 posted on 04/01/2014 4:27:19 PM PDT by Kazan
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To: Sioux-san

That’s funny because it’s true!


20 posted on 04/01/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: Kazan

[ If she didn’t like what he was doing, she could have sought employment elsewhere. Problem solved. He didn’t force her at the point of gun to attend his prayer sessions. ]

If he was meerely suggesting she pray there is no problem, but if he said theire woudl be consequences for NOT praying then thereis an issue.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 4:28:07 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Hostile workplace can extend to things like a poster on a wall (even of a personal workspace). Whether that is a biblical quote or a poster of a woman in a bikini.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 4:29:09 PM 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: GraceG
if he said theire woudl be consequences for NOT praying then thereis an issue.

The consequences would be termination. So be it. No one in a free nation should have a right to work at place where they aren't wanted.

23 posted on 04/01/2014 4:30:15 PM PDT by Kazan
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To: GraceG

If she doesn’t believe in God (or believes that there is nothing sinful about homosexuality) then his “threats” carry no weight (can a mortal condemn another person to eternal damnation?).


24 posted on 04/01/2014 4:30:58 PM 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: Bidimus1

Oh, please. She is a trained chef and could easily have just quit and found another job someplace else. Working in NYC (as I did for almost 30 years) you run into all kinds of characters. Smart people move on from quirky bosses, losers go to court.


25 posted on 04/01/2014 4:32:24 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway

Stay away from them, don’t talk to them and don’t hire them.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 4:33:38 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: nickcarraway

What a crock.\


27 posted on 04/01/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: RichInOC

Not if you’re white, male, or Christian, or especially all of the above. Then you are expected to use your “privilege” (which to me is just another way of saying, “superiority”, if they but only reaslised it) and be able to just take it.


28 posted on 04/01/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: nickcarraway

Rule 1: Never hire anybody that is gay.
Rule 2: Never hire a democrat.

They usually go hand in hand anyway.


29 posted on 04/01/2014 4:48:30 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: posterchild

A classical out-of-context quotation.


30 posted on 04/01/2014 4:49:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I’m surprised she did not raise a stink from the word go. She’s the valuable one in the picture. I wonder if she said she’d go along with it only intending to blindside this manager.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 4:52:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have no doubt dollars signs popped up in her eyes the minute he began his prayer meetings. Well, she now has the start-up funds for a fabulous new restaurant and he’s going down the toilet.

And this will make an excellent sob-story for an episode of “Chopped.”

What a great country!


32 posted on 04/01/2014 4:57:03 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway
Consider the reverse. .an employer can require you to attend “diversity training” as term of your employment where you are required to here your thinking is wrong...
see we see being forced to be wrong but the left see no issue with being forced but it has to be what they force..

Homosexuality once an official mental illness. Now non acceptance of homosexuality as normal and healthy is the mental illness (homophobic)...what changed?..:/

33 posted on 04/01/2014 5:02:25 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yeah, looks like a trap to me.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 5:04:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: GraceG

I cant believe there are people attempting to justify this. On legal grounds it is slam dunk. There is no reason one can give to say this was ok. Comments such as find a new job, or the “yabut” explanation is completely short cited. I dont agree with her life style but by no means does it justify what was done or a reason to can someone. She can either do the job or not...period, case closed.


35 posted on 04/01/2014 5:41:33 PM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: mrsmel

Oooo, good point.


36 posted on 04/01/2014 5:46:12 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: nickcarraway

There used to be a legal line of reasoning about ACTUAL damages. I dont see any actual damages and certainly not 1.6 million in damages.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 5:49:06 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Jarhead9297

I agree that she shouldn’t have been compelled. I am disgusted at the double standard hypocrisy (usual MO of the left) that people can be compelled to go to diversity indoctrination, at the risk of losing their jobs, and the government totally supports this, even implements it at taxpayer expense.


38 posted on 04/01/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: GraceG
If he was meerely suggesting she pray there is no problem, but if he said theire woudl be consequences for NOT praying then thereis an issue.

According to the trial testimony, he would close the restaurant for two hours every afternoon and require the employees to attend a prayer session he would lead, at which he would preach that gays are going to hell.

39 posted on 04/01/2014 8:22:05 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: taxcontrol
I dont see any actual damages and certainly not 1.6 million in damages.

$1.2 million of it doesn't even pretend to be "actual damages"; it's punitive damages. The amount sounds way high to me, but that's the problem with jury trials-- you always have more employees than employers, more tenants than landlords, more customers than business owners, more insureds than insurers, etc.

The "actual" damages are $400,000 for "emotional distress"-- again, way high in my book, but each side called a psychiatrist as a witness, and the jury was entitled to decide which expert it would believe; an appellate court can't second-guess the jury's verdict when there is evidence to support it, even if there's also evidence the other way.

40 posted on 04/01/2014 8:31:01 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: nickcarraway

How did this person lose anything near 1.6 million?


41 posted on 04/01/2014 8:32:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mrsmel

I agree with you. If only we could get congresscritters on the same page with meaningful legislation....I know pipe dream lol


42 posted on 04/01/2014 9:57:06 PM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: nickcarraway

Is she suing because the prayers worked? Or because they didn’t work?


43 posted on 04/01/2014 10:01:23 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Jarhead9297

If I wasn’t a homemaker, but an employee who is compelled to attend those meetings at the risk of losing my job, I would bring such a suit myself, and try to have my lawyer work this case in as precedent.


44 posted on 04/02/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: MNDude

(a tautology, I know)....TA-TA-oligy??? I knowed you was racist....No...wait... misogynist? No. Wait. What the Hell are you? Wait.. What is she? He or her? I’m so cornfused.


45 posted on 04/02/2014 11:09:22 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

I guess that makes me homophobic!


46 posted on 04/02/2014 11:41:10 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Let us be be nice here. I will settle for hemophobic. You faint at the sight of blood. Especially yours. OK.


47 posted on 04/02/2014 11:50:02 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: nickcarraway

Salemi should have been offered a salami as settlement ... woulda kept her happy for at last a little while, maybe longer if was a hot ‘n spicy variety.


48 posted on 04/02/2014 11:54:38 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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