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Hasbro hit with LGBT discrimination law suit

Posted by Jim Lopata  March 19, 2014 10:41 AM

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Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who claims the company dismissed her unfairly because of her activism on behalf of gender and sexual orientation issues, according to the Providence Journal.

"JoAnna Lapati, a lesbian, alleges that her open commitment to the cause of women's rights, her gender, and her sexual orientation led Hasbro to falsely accuse her of wrongdoing and subsequently firing her last January," says the article. "Lapati was a supervisor in Hasbro's model artist division, which makes prototypes, at the time of her termination."

Hasbro does not have a strong track record on LGBT concerns, according to the Human Rights 2014 Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which assigns the company 25 out of a possible 100 points.

More on the case at www.providencejournal.com.

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