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Ikea Sued by Poland for Firing Worker Over Anti-Gay Comments

  • Employee was fired after citing anti-gay Bible verse at event
  • Ruling party has ramped up anti-LGBTQ rhetoric before election

Polish prosecutors have sued Ikea of Sweden AB after its local unit fired a man over his actions during a gay-pride corporate event, saying the furniture retailer infringed on the employee’s religious rights.

A year ago, Ikea said that it terminated the contract of an employee who’d “used quotes from the Old Testament about death and blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexuals.” The company said it addressed concern among workers in response to the comments that ran counter to its culture based on the “freedom of ideas, tolerance and respect.”