Gay Banker Fired After Posting Photos Of His Engagement Online

"I'm deeply outraged that a bank of this size would use homophobia as a basis for dismissal."

A gay Brazilian banker has been fired from his job after posting photos of his engagement online.

The unnamed worker, who was commended as an above-average employee, told a local paper that he was wrongfully terminated from his position at Banco Itaú because he’s gay.

A man walks past a Banco Itau BBA SA branch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Brazil?s deposit insurance fund, the nation?s privately owned guarantor of bank deposits and financial stability, almost doubled its assets since 2008 to 28 billion reais ($16.3 billion). Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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According to the source, the man worked at the bank for a year and a half, in which time he received not only numerous awards for meeting target goals, but also a deluge of homophobic comments from his employers.

He alleged that his bosses often ridiculed his style of clothing and became angry at him when he “let loose” with his personality after winning a prize for his good work.

The employee was eventually dismissed from his position after posting photos and videos of his engagement to his fiancé online.

The man said he was called in by his area manager and told that he was being fired because of his sexuality.

“I’m deeply outraged that a bank of this size would use homophobia as a basis for dismissal, as opposed to the results of the workers,” the employee said of his firing. He added that though he would never return to the bank, he wanted to make sure that “no other LGBT worker would ever have to go through this again.”

The bank has yet to respond to the allegations, but a union leader for the employee has said that Itaú is no stranger to sacking people for reasons that have nothing to do with their work.

“This isn’t the first time this has happened at Itaú—we recently reported layoffs of people with disabilities,” Fábio Pereira explained. “The bank needs to review its positions and we will make sure that this kind of thing does not happen again.”

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