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By Kent Larsen

LDS RM Claims Supervisor Raped Him

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- An LDS returned missionary in Salt Lake City has filed a lawsuit claiming that his former supervisor at Discover Financial Services, Inc. got him drunk and raped him, saying she wanted to corrupt a "young returned missionary." Jason A. Gammell, who went to work for Discover in September 1997 after returning from his mission, sued Angela Martellaro, his team supervisor, and Discover for sexual harassment, religious discrimination and constructive discharge, saying that Martellaro threatened him with losing his job if he didn't "give her what she wanted."

Gammell later was transferred to another team and the affair was brought to the attention of Discover's human resource department. "Discover was aware she was requiring a sexual affair from him in order to maintain his job," Gammell's attorney, Mark Anthony Flores, said. "She targeted him because of his religious beliefs." Gammell is seeking lost wages and benefits, medical expenses and punitive damages. Both Martellaro and Discover declined comment.


LDS returned missionary files suit against Discover
Deseret News 19Jan01 D2

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