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Restaurant owner ordered to pay $1.6 million to lesbian chef for saying gays are going to hell

By Mason White 5:23 PM April 1, 2014
Mirella Salemi 

By: Aarav Sen
The owner of a Manhattan restaurant was ordered to pay his chef more than $1 million after saying that gays are going to hell, according to court proceedings in New York.

According to a lawsuit filed by the chef, the owner of the Mexican restaurant warned his staff during weekly prayers that gay people are going to hell.

Mirella Salemi had sued Gloria’s Tribeca Inc. and owner Edward Globokar, for violations of the Human Rights Act.
The owner operates a chain of Mexican restaurants in New York named Mary Ann’s.

Salemi complained that Globokar held weekly prayer meetings for employees and everyone attended because they feared they would lose their jobs if they did not attend.

At these meetings, Globokar would repeatedly call homosexuality a sin, and say that gays are going to go to hell. Globokar also told the lesbian Salemi to dress more feminine, marry a man and have children.

Globokar argued that he was exercising his First Amendment rights, including freedom of religion, but the court rejected that notion.

The court awarded Salemi $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.