Police in the Orlando area have arrested a tow truck driver for apparently targeting the vehicles of LGBT people and illegally towing them during the annual Gay Days festival.
Jason Combs towed more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9, primarily from the Westwood Town Center parking lot across the street from the Gay Days host hotel. His contract with Westwood had already expired. Those whose cars were stolen had to travel by cab to a towing facility 10 miles away, which is also illegal in Florida.
Police said Combs and “spotters” assisting him allegedly kept watch on the area and towed the vehicles within minutes of visitors parking to visit shops and other establishments.
“Visitors would park in the Westwood Town Center at 6109 Westwood Boulevard (across from the event’s headquarters) and patronize various shops and restaurants there, only to emerge and find that their cars were towed,” the Orange County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post announcing the arrest. “We will not tolerate those who take advantage of our citizens or visitors.”
He was charged with 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and 60 counts of violating a county towing ordinance. Good riddance.
shadefire5150 said: Okay, so does this mean that someone cannot fire someone because of their sexuality?
This Executive Order does two things: First it formally protects federal employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity (they’re already protected on the basis of sexual orientation). Second, it also prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace. Roughly 1 in 5 Americans work for a federal contractor. We still need Congress to act to make sure all workers are protected.
katrinaworldblr said: Greetings Advisor Jarrett, I would like to know what specifically is this administration doing to ensure that competent, loyal, dedicated Federal workers of Transgender experience are not discriminated locally at their works sites on a day to day basis?
Good question! Check out Office of Personnel Management’s guidance regarding the employment of transgender individuals in the federal workplace.
As the President said on Monday: “I’ve appointed a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public servants to positions across my administration. They are ambassadors and federal judges, special assistants, senior advisors from the Pentagon to the Labor Department. Every day, their talent is put to work on behalf of the American people.”
youaretheperfectyou said: I recently saw an answer to a question stating that federal workers are protected from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Is there any prospect for such protection for non-federal employees?
As the President said on Monday: “Congress has spent 40 years — four decades — considering legislation that would help solve the problem. That’s a long time. And yet they still haven’t gotten it done…but I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act. The rest of you, of course, need to keep putting pressure on Congress to pass federal legislation that resolves this problem once and for all.”
jorjor08 said: How is the president working towards marriage equality?
The President supports marriage equality. As you may know, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” last June. Since then, President Obama’s administration has extended federal benefits wherever possible to legally-married same-sex couples. This is one way in which he has worked toward expanding equality for LGBT Americans.