The husband and wife who are planning a wedding in New York City this year were told to hire a photographer from the same company they used to work with, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The couple, both 36, had previously worked at an ad agency in Florida for about a year, but they were fired after a few months for being gay, according the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.
The lawsuit names the wedding photographer, Brian and Karen DeMarco, as defendants.
Brian DeMarco worked as an associate with the same agency for three years, but in January 2015, he was fired for being a lesbian, according his attorney, Joseph Tassone.
He had worked at the same firm for several years and was fired after being caught having an affair, according Tasson.
“The defendants are guilty of the intentional infliction of emotional distress and unlawful discrimination,” the lawsuit states.
“They did not hire the plaintiff to perform his wedding and were not willing to give him a job.
They did not give him adequate job training, and they did not provide him with adequate training in the proper technique for his wedding photography.”
The couple says they were offered job offers at a wedding reception in San Francisco or in the same city where they worked as a receptionist, but both were rejected.
The couple says the discrimination motivated them to file a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“They made it very clear that they were going to retaliate against us if we spoke out about this,” Brian DeMarco said in an interview.
“I think that we were being retaliated against for doing this because we had no other options.”
The DeMarcos filed a discrimination lawsuit against the same couple and the agency they worked for in 2015, The Wedding Photography.
They say the company had a policy of hiring only gay and lesbian photographers, and the lawsuit alleges the company failed to comply with the law by firing Brian DeMarcus.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, and Tassones said his client is seeking an injunction to force the company to stop discriminating against the couple.