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Library of Congress Staffer Says He Was Fired for Being Gay: VIDEO


Peter TerVeer, who was hired as a temporary employee at the Library of Congress' office of inspector general in 2008 and promoted several levels before being fired, says he was fired for his job after he disclosed that he is gay.

FOX5 reports:

"[I was] hired and subsequently promoted to a [GS] 9," said TerVeer. "And then to an 11. And got my in-grade [pay] increases, then things turned sour."

Sour, says TerVeer, when he disclosed that he is gay. In an affidavit in support of a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, TerVeer says his immediate supervisor created a hostile work environment by disparaging both his homosexuality and his religious beliefs.

"My personal perspective as to having my religious beliefs is that homosexuality is not a sin. And that was not the case up there," said VerTeer gesturing toward the location of his old office.

FOX 5 has obtained what appear to be emails from that supervisor. In one of them, the supervisor writes to his employee that "He [meaning Jesus] prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality...."

Watch FOX5's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay Man Says Library of Congress Supervisor Disparaged Homosexuality: MyFoxDC.com


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  1. Matt: you can add the local Fox news station in Phila to the list of local Fox news stations that are actually fair and balanced. It is a really good mainstream media outlet. Their morning show "Gooday Philadelphia" is hosted by some very bright and entertaining folks. In fact throughout the day their news shows are factual without ideological spin. This review comes from a liberal guy who would only watch Fox national news and opinion programs if someone had a gun to my head.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 8, 2012 9:45:28 AM

  2. You are incredibly brave and I'm so proud to call you family!

    Posted by: Jen76 | Apr 9, 2012 10:48:23 AM

  3. SUPERVISOR = John Mech

    He's "an accountant and lead auditor for the library’s Office of The Inspector General."


    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 9, 2012 1:27:41 PM

  4. Religious; fine - your choice, your life, your belief. Work place; sharing amongst like kind, friends - stories about the deity you've CHOSEN, great, enjoy your private sharing.

    Bring your deity to the work place as a tool - get the F**K out. If a Supervisor or Manager somehow managed to show their personal deity beliefs in a work related situation - the end of their show, immediately. Termination - and quickly.

    Posted by: RexT | Apr 11, 2012 12:32:00 AM

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