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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Security Guard Says He Was Fired By Playboy For His Religion
Los Angeles Times 26Mar00 D2
By Ann W. O'Neill

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- An LDS security guard has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Playboy Enterprises, claiming the company discriminated against him because he was Mormon. Mark Bradley says he was fired December 1, 1998 after his supervisor learned he was LDS.

Playboy denies the charges, saying that Bradley was a temporary employee and was never hired permanently. Playboy spokesman Bill Farley also says that Bradley's allegation are "ludicrous."

But Bradley claims that his supervisor learned of his religion several weeks after he was hired in an innocent conversation. Bradley says he simply mentioned that he had been married for 15 years and had six children. His supervisor, Joe Piastro, gave a profanity-laced response, saying, "What are you, a Mormon?" Bradley then responded that he was.

Later that same day, Bradley says Playboy security advisor Bill Bates told him that if he had known Bradley was a Mormon, he never would have hired him, adding that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who Bradley was hired to protect, "hates Mormons." According to Bradley, Bates told him: "The fact is, the old man simply doesn't want you here and there is nothing I can do about it."


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