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Second Gay Employee Fired From Tennessee Hotel

Jim Burroway

January 12th, 2009

There’s a follow-up to the story of David Hill’s firing from the Artee Hotel in Brentwood, Tennessee. The hotel’s owner, Tarun Surti, had Hill fired when he found out Hill was gay. The Assistant General Manager, Leonard Stoddard, did the firing as ordered by Surti, and explained what happened to the local media. In the process, we learned that Stoddard was also gay, and that he expected to be fired as well.

Today we learn that other shoe dropped. Stoddard was terminated via email on Thursday. Surti wrote that Stoddard was fired because he alledgedly lied to the media about Hill’s termination. Stoddard and Hill plan on picketing outside the hotel on Saturday, January 17 at 9:00 a.m.



January 13th, 2009 | LINK

I wish I lived in Tennessee. I’d be protesting right there beside them.

Mark C
January 13th, 2009 | LINK

In this day and age, someone being fired simply for their affectional/sexual orientation or gender identity is beyond reprehensible. Hopefully the negative attention will impact the Artee Hotel.

We need Federal protection in the workplace now, more than ever. Hopefully, Obama agrees and congress can push it through!

January 13th, 2009 | LINK

Their phone# is (615) 373-2600

January 14th, 2009 | LINK

Is this kind of firing so unusual? I know transgender people are fired very frequently, maybe every month and there are many times more gay than trans people. Just curious.

January 15th, 2009 | LINK

This is absolutely crazy. Why is this man even still in business. Is it not enough that he has bankrupted two businesses. Now he is firing people because of their sexual orientation. Maybe he should keep them around so that they can teach him how to keep his business out of bankruptcy because clearly he cant do it by himself.

The hotel industry is heavily populated with people of alternative lifestyles. People from all over the world come to America because of how much freedom we have. This guy clearly came here for that freedom but now he is trying to fire people because they are exercising their freedom to choose whom they want to be with. When will we come to a place of true freedom in America

January 16th, 2009 | LINK

Send a message to the hotel… their contact form is at…

and their number as mentioned earlier –
1 615 373 2600

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