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WashingtonBlade.com Volume 43, Number 15, April 13, 2012

WashingtonBlade.com Volume 43, Number 15, April 13, 2012

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Sen. Schumer vowscongressional probe intodiscrimination complaint
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay man has charged in a discriminationcomplaint that he was fired last week fromhis job at the Library of Congress afterbeing harassed and humiliated for morethan a year by a supervisor who repeatedlycited passages from the Bible condemninghomosexuality.Peter TerVeer, 30, a management analystat the Library of Congress’s Office of theInspector General since 2008, says in hiscomplaint that supervisor John R. Mechcreated a hostile work environment for himto such a degree that he suffered severestress, forcing him to take disability leave lastfall and earlier this year.“I contend that I have been subjectedto a hostile work environment by Mr. Mechsince August 2009 on the basis of my sex(male), sexual orientation (homosexual),and religion (non-denominational Christian/Agnostic),” TerVeer states in an affidavitaccompanying his complaint.“I maintain that Mr. Mech has acted toimpose his religious beliefs on me,” TerVeersays in the affidavit.TerVeer’s attorney, Thomas Simeone, saidhe will likely file a discrimination relatedlawsuit against the library on TerVeer’sbehalf regardless of how the federal EqualEmployment Opportunity office at theLibrary, which is deliberating over thecomplaint, rules on the matter.Gayle Osterberg, director of communications for the Library of Congress,said TerVeer’s complaint is considered apersonnel matter and the library nevercomments on personnel-related issues
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, 30, a management analyst at the Library of Congress, says his bosscited biblical passages to him after he was outed as gay on Facebook.
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Library of Congress staffer saysboss fired him for being gay
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