Calling Gay People "Cupcake" Is Offensive -- As MTA's Learning The Hard (Litigious) Way *UPDATED*

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*UPDATE: Click here to see MTA's response to Jenkins' allegations.

Reginald Jenkins, a former coach cleaner for the Metro-North Railroad, is described by his attorney as a "proud gay man." So, when he claims some of his co-workers started shouting "kill them faggots dead" while shuttling people to and from last year's Gay Pride Parade, he didn't find it nearly as amusing as some of his colleagues. When his foreman allegedly spent the rest of that day calling him "cupcake," Jenkins claims he became "physically ill" from the stress it caused.

"It was extremely disconcerting to be surrounded by co-workers yelling about killing gay people," Jenkins says. "I am proud of who I am, but I know how hostile people can be. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done to experience this and feel like it was to dangerous to speak up."

Jenkins has since spoken up -- he's currently suing the MTA for $1.5 million.

According to Jenkins, on June 26, of last year -- the day of the Gay Pride Parade -- he overheard several of his colleagues making derogatory comments about the gay people who'd been riding the train to get to the parade that day.

At one point, Jenkins alleges, some of his co-workers started singing "Batty Boy" -- a Caribbean song glorifying the murder of homosexuals (we'd never heard of it prior to yesterday, but it's pretty sick -- see for yourself by clicking here).

When Jenkins told his supervisor about the offensive comments, he claims he basically was told to lighten up, "cupcake."

Jenkins claims he was then called cupcake by the supervisor for the rest of the day.

By late afternoon, Jenkins claims he'd had it with the abuse, and went to the hospital where he claims he was treated for "severe internal distress."

After he was released from the hospital, Jenkins says he asked MTA if he could take a leave of absence to recover from the stressful day, and requested that the higher-ups investigate the incident.

His leave of absence was approved, but his attorney, Vincent White, says MTA gave him "an unacceptable option" -- he could either have the incident investigated, or he could be promoted. In other words, White says, he could either stay in a hostile work environment as the incident was investigated, or get promoted and let the incident go without anyone getting punished.

Jenkins didn't accept the promotion -- and shortly after was fired for unspecified reasons. He claims he was fired for being gay and trying to stand up for himself in the workplace.

Clearly, Jenkins is a disgruntled former employee -- and there are two sides to every story -- so we called MTA this morning and spoke to a company spokeswoman to give her a chance to refute Jenkins' claims. She told us she needed to get caught up to speed on the case before commenting, and promised to get back to us. We haven't heard back.

"The least they could do is offer a denial -- recognize that what happened was wrong enough to deny," White says.

When asked why he now decided to take the case public, White says it's because he was "shocked at the coldness showed by MTA towards Mr. Jenkins."

We'll let you know if we hear back from the MTA -- check back for updates.

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Nowayimgonnatell
Nowayimgonnatell

I work in GCT, I've worked in a lot of places for Metro North. The repeated inappropriate comments and actions of employees and management personell is defended by management on a regular basis while retaliation is common. I chose to shut up so I wouldn't loose my job.

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NiagaraFallsOntario
NiagaraFallsOntario

What bugs me is we allow these human cockroaches into our countries from these nations that turn out unskilled, uneducated, low-income people who come here to screw as many blonde-haired white girls as possible, and make as many anti-gay comments as well.  I've had it with their stupid 'let's kill the cops and fuck the bitches' music that passes for 'reggae' or 'rap' or 'reggaetron'.  Why are these people in our nations?  They bring nothing here besides crime, intimidation, little to no work skills or ability to be educated, and are on assistance the second they are declared a permanent resident.  Meanwhile, we have educated, progressive people waiting to come to our nations who 'don't qualify because they don't have enough relevant experience that would qualify them to work here'.  Huh? So we let these pieces of shit here from these hot climates who do nothing but fuck as many women as they can get their dirty hands on, and beat up as many gay men as possible to get their hands on our money (THAT WE WORK FOR - imagine that!).  What happened to having a sponsor before you enter our countries?  We just let anyone in and it's 'well, do whatever you want, and good luck!'.  I want these dickheads gone.  If they want to live by the 'rules' of their homelands, let's send these pieces of shit and their families back there.

Crazydaysandnights
Crazydaysandnights

Obviously this is a homophobic incident in a pretty male-centric, male-dominated field of work. And the lack of any sort of comment regarding this at ALL really highlights how homophobic MTA is. They don't care at all. Reginald is very strong for speaking out and not allowing this to be swept under the rug, this is the ONLY way homophobes will realize we will not take their discriminatory behavior lying down.

Jjjohnson
Jjjohnson

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