Jeffrey Shapiro, former executive director of AIDS/LifeCycle, served from March to June, when he says he was fired and told that “everybody liked him as a person, but they needed somebody who better fit into the culture.”
He’s now suing the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for discrimination against him because he is a heterosexual and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
According to CBS, “He said that when he asked for a clarification, a LAGLC director told him ‘things like this happen and that they made a mistake to think this could work.’ Shapiro said he was given two weeks pay and money for unused vacation. He is asking for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and a permanent injunction preventing the two groups from engaging in further such alleged discrimination.”
According to Shapiro, his work for the group, which produces a 545-mile cycling event, generated $3 million more than the previous year. Shapiro says he was “praised” for his efforts.