A former employee at New Jersey's Trump
National Golf Club claims in a lawsuit that his co-workers routinely
called him “fag” and physically abused him.
According to Slate, Eleazar
Andres, a maintenance worker, became the target of homophobic
harassment after he came out to his co-workers.
In his suit, Andres claims that his
direct supervisor witnessed several incidents of name-calling and
physical abuse but failed to act.
According to Andres, his harassers
routinely threw rocks and golf balls at him, once so hard it sent him
to the hospital. After his hospitalization, a manager who told him
he would take care of the problem refused to provide information
about his attackers in preparation of a police report Andres
eventually filed. When Andres told management that he no longer felt
safe at work, he was promptly fired.
Donald Trump's attorneys argue that
Andres was to blame for his own harassment.
“It is difficult to imagine a more
offensive response to a discrimination suit,” Slate's
Mark Joseph Stern wrote.
“Andres' lawsuit may not tie directly
back to Trump himself, but it does confirm that Trump's misogynistic
beliefs and lax attitudes toward harassment permeated his properties
from the top down,” he added.