The Reverend Jesse Jackson has a long record of support for LGBT rights, including when he ran for President of the United States and his speech at the LGBT March on Washington in 1987.
So it comes as quite a surprise that this week a wrongful termination and discrimination complaint against the civil rights leader with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Rights by Tommy R. Bennett who worked at Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition from July 11, 2007 to Dec. 23,2009 as the national director of community affairs. Bennet includes shocking allegations about Jackson’s behavior toward the openly gay staffer including an allegation that the civil rights leader propositioned him.
Bennet claims that Jackson fired him because he was gay and he wouldn’t do humiliating tasks like allegedly being summoned to Jackson’s home or hotel room after hours , packing his clothes, buying his underwear, deodorant, and believe it or not his Viagra and Cialis, oh and and cleaning his room.
From there the allegations go even further:
Via: Newstalk Cleveland
Bennett claims he had to escort women to Jackson’s room and clean up after the sexual rendezvous. If you are grossed out by that, the allegations get worse. Bennett claims Jackson summoned him to his hotel room one night at 1a.m. to take notes. In the complaint, “When Mr. Bennett arrived, Rev. Jackson was dressed only in his briefs and a v-neck t-shirt.” Bennett alleges Jackson was sexually excited. The magazine asked him how did he know Jackson was allegedly aroused? Bennett claims he can tell by his look and how he was breathing.
Bennett wants $98,300 for back pay, front pay and loss of benefits; $350,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages; and an amendment of Rainbow PUSH’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity