Staffer Accuses Playboy of Sexual Orientation Discrimination

A former Playboy employee, Joseph DeAcetis, has come forward with allegations of discrimination against Playboy. DeAcetis claims that he was fired because he was gay, and that he appeared much older due to his grey hair.

In his lawsuit, DeAcetis claims that his managers often called Playboy’s gay employees “girl”s, and that he was repeatedly made fun of for having grey hair. Seeking $4 million dollars in damages, Acetis filed his lawsuit in Manhattan late last week.

Aside from being discriminated against, DeAcetis claims that his duties as fashion director were given to younger male employee’s over time, and that he was passed up for television appearances, being told he looked “too old”.

Under New York State and City law, discrimination based on sexual orientation is against the law, backed by the same laws that are designed to shield other protected groups from discrimination. In the past, discrimination against individuals had been much more common, but new laws have been designed to stem these instances.

Sadly, only 13 states have adopted laws that are designed to protect against discrimination based around sexual orientation and there remains no federal law that prohibits the practice in private business, meaning there are thousands of workers each year that are unprotected against such workplace descrimination.