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AT&T Broadband Loses Religious-Discrimination Suit

4/06/2004 10:19 AM Eastern

A Colorado man who was fired by AT&T Broadband for refusing to sign a diversity policy was awarded nearly $150,000 Monday, AP reported.

Albert Buonanno, 47, told AP he is a Christian and loves all people, regardless of their lifestyle, "but I cannot value homosexuality and any different religious beliefs. I think AT&T should be able to expect certain behavior from people, but not force their beliefs on people."

He was fired from his $44,261-per-year job as a dispatcher and quota specialist in 2001, AP said. He sued, claiming that he had been discriminated against based on his religious beliefs.

Judge Marcia Krieger awarded Buonanno $146,269 from the company for lost wages, 401K contributions, emotional distress and interest, AP reported. She denied his request for punitive damages.

Comcast Corp. acquired AT&T Broadband in 2002, after which the MSO’s headquarters moved from Englewood, Colo., to Comcast’s home city of Philadelphia.

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