Bank manager told straight worker he would be promoted if he were gay

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According to the Ottawa Citizen, Aaren Jagadeesh worked as a financial services representative for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Toronto. He claimed that he was denied promotions 17 times, and when he asked his boss what he could do to receive a desirable position, he told him to “join the group of LGBT”. Yes, for real. The manager allegedly said that this was why young male employees were promoted, and that Jagadeesh should “be smart and learn”. The manager allegedly said that this was why young male employees were promoted, and that Jagadeesh should “be smart and learn”. He also said that because he had to be on the phone so much for his work, he developed severe throat and vocal cord pain which was diagnosed as a voice disorder called muscle tension dysphonia. A doctor suggested modified duties, but he was asked by the bank to go on short-term disability. He was fired in May 2016, and in April 2017 he filed a complaint alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). As Jagadeesh had represented himself, Federal Court of Canada ordered the CHRC to pay him $3,332.30 in expenses.

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