McCann-Erickson US anti-gay lawsuit trial begins

- McCann-Erickson, the Interpublic group agency, finds itself in court today fighting a $1 million lawsuit from a former member of staff who has charged the agency with discriminating against him because he is gay.

- McCann-Erickson, the Interpublic group agency, finds itself in court today fighting a $1 million lawsuit from a former member of staff who has charged the agency with discriminating against him because he is gay.

Craig Ferguson, the former employee, alledges in his suit that McCanns subjected him to anti-gay and anti AIDS based harassment. The suit states that he does not have AIDS.

He also charges that senior McCann executives subjected him to a working environment hostile to homosexuals and denied him adequate pay due to his "sexual orientation and [wrongly] perceived disability as a person with AIDS".

Ferguson worked at the agency for close on five years before finally being fired in Feburary 1996.

The suit names Peter Kim, the former McCanns vice chairman, as a defendant who Ferguson says singled him out when he took over the department Ferguson worked in.

McCanns is contesting the suit.





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