A former Indianapolis city employee alleged that he was fired because he vocally supported President Donald Trump and wore a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Last week, Michael J. Dale, a former supervisor in the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, claimed in a reverse discrimination lawsuit that he was unlawfully fired in April because of his Caucasian race and age and because he engaged in political free speech, the Indianapolis Star reported.
“Defendants have treated significantly younger, non-Caucasian employees and employees who did not engage in protected speech … more favorably in discipline than it has treated Dale,” the lawsuit alleged.
The lawsuit, which was filed last Wednesday, named defendants such as the city of Indianapolis, the deputy director of public works and a union president.
According to the complaint, Dale wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to work in 2016 and spoke with several colleagues about his support for then-candidate Trump. Dale also claimed that some time later a representative of a local union spoke about Dale being a Trump supporter during a staff meeting.
In November 2017, Dale said he and several other older superintendents were asked how long they planned to continue working. The complaint then says Dale was fired for “lack of leadership” in April.
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This lawsuit highlights the increasing scrutiny that conservative citizens have faced for speaking their mind. In July, a Texas also teen had his “Make America Great Again” hat ripped off his head while he was eating. And late last week, a Toronto abortion activist was charged with assault with a weapon for attacking two pro-life advocates with a metal clamp.