Be careful if you are homophobic and decide to pick on your chefs. Edward Globokar learned this the hard way when he turned is Tribeca Mexican eatery into a house of worship and prayed for God to ‘heal’ gay workers. It cost him $1.6 million when jurors found in favor of chef Mirella Salemi. The jurors found that the former owner of Mary Ann’s on West Broadway made her life a living hell by holding employee prayer meetings inside the restaurant.
Salemi’s lawyer Derek Smith stated “He not only threatened her soul, but he also threatened her livelihood. He thought praying might cure her of her sexuality, but she is someone who didn’t need to be saved.”
Salemi quit the restaurant in 2007, after six years. The jury ordered Globokar and his retaurants to fork over some $1.2 million in punitive damages and some $400,000 in compensatory damages to Salemi. Globokar once owned six Mexican restaurants in Manhattan, but faced constant accusations of telling his employees who did not share his personal religious beliefs that they were going to Hell.
Via NY Post