ex-worker sues Qwest over alleged harassment
By Beth Potter, Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A former employee has sued Qwest, alleging he was forced to
quit after being harassed at work because he is gay.
Donald Moreau alleges in the suit that he was called
derogatory names, received anti-gay literature and was
physically assaulted by a co-worker while he was an order
specialist in the phone company's listings office.
Moreau, 46, began working for Qwest in 1999 as a
customer-service representative. In 2001, he was
transferred to listings. The harassment began there, after
co-workers learned that Moreau was in a committed
relationship with a co-worker, the lawsuit states. He left
the Denver-based company in 2004.
Lambda Legal is filing the lawsuit in Denver County District
Court in conjunction with the Denver-based Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado Inc.
The lawsuit calls for a jury trial to determine damages of
more than $10,000.
Qwest "is unable to respond" to specifics because of a
confidentiality agreement it has with Moreau, said company
spokesman Bob Toevs. He said Qwest was able to resolve
Moreau's complaints through mediation.
"While it's unfortunate that Mr. Moreau has chosen to
disregard his obligations under terms of the agreement, we
have complied with its terms," Toevs said.
Denver has an anti-discrimination ordinance to help protect
the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered
people in the workplace. The Denver Anti-Discrimination
Office enforces that ordinance. There is no law with
similar protections at the state or federal level.
Staff writer Beth Potter
can be reached at 303-820-1503 or