Detroit, MI—A federal lawsuit filed on Thursday by two local travel agents has accused the Detroit travel company of discrimination because of its discriminatory policies.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, accuses Travelers’ of discriminatory practices, such as: refusing to accommodate same-sex couples, forcing gay men and lesbians to use separate restrooms, and requiring that all applicants use separate boarding passes, the suit says.
In response to the lawsuit, the company announced it would not defend itself against the complaint.
“We are deeply disappointed with the federal government’s decision,” Travelers vice president of legal and legal policy Jason Wojcik said in a statement.
“We will continue to vigorously defend our policy and practices.”
Travelers has denied discrimination.
The suit alleges Travelers failed to adhere to federal workplace protections that prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, including: providing a workplace-specific training program for employees who have experienced workplace discrimination based upon their sexual orientation.
Travelers also failed to provide training to staff on how to appropriately handle requests for employment or other benefits based on their sexual identity.
Traveler also failed on its own to provide adequate training to employees regarding workplace-related concerns, including how to handle sexual orientation discrimination claims.
The lawsuit names the travel agency’s CEO, Mark Mancini, and two other executives as defendants.
(Read the complaint below:)The complaint alleges that Travelers has discriminated against gays and lesbians for years, dating back to at least 2010.
In 2015, a former Travelers employee who had worked for the agency since 2002 alleged she was forced out of the agency after she complained that Mancinis’ office didn’t take her claims of discrimination seriously enough.
Traveler has denied the employee’s allegations.
On Tuesday, the travel company’s CEO issued a statement saying that the company “does not tolerate sexual orientation harassment or discrimination.”
“The company believes strongly in diversity, inclusivity, and in providing a safe, inclusive and inclusive workplace for all employees,” the statement said.
“Travelers takes the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity seriously and has long been committed to ensuring our team is held to the highest standard of professionalism and respect.”
Mancini has previously said that he believes gays and women have a “unique right” to equal rights, but that it is up to each individual to “choose the path of love and acceptance.”