Gay ads, women’s panties, wooden penis part of sexual harassment suit

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A Cook County, Ill., man has filed a lawsuit alleging that his boss fired him after he complained about co-workers leaving gay ads, women’s underwear, a wooden penis and tampons on his desk.

Antonio Melone filed the suit in Cook County, naming the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority as the defendant.

Melone worked from MPEA from 1996 to 2011, when he says he was fired after complaining that two co-workers sexually harassed him, according to the Courthouse News Service.

The two men, according to the complaint, called Melone names and made harassing comments about his sexual orientation and ethnicity.

The complaint alleges that the co-workers humiliated Melone by leaving homoerotic photographs, gay ads, women’s underwear, pacifiers, a jar of Vaseline, a wooden dildo and other items on his desk.

Melone complained to a foreman but said no effective action was taken.

He complained again in June 2011, telling the foreman he was being sexually harassed.

That month, the foreman told him he was fired but failed to explain why.

Melone, according to CNS, is asking for reinstatement, restitution of lost wages and punitive damages for sexual harassment, age discrimination, retaliatory discharge and emotional distress.