COVINGTON, Texas (CN) – A Covington police officer says he was fired for filing a worker’s comp claim after he refused to strip for the gay mayor and a gay City Council member who “liked men who wore uniforms.” He claims that a “quorum of the Council also suggested that plaintiff could become the Chief of Police if he stripped for the group.”
In his claim in Hill County Court, Robert Scott Parker says he refused the offer, “left the residence, and went back on patrol.”
Parker says that 2 months before he was hurt at work, Mayor Eric Faught, “who is openly homosexual,” rode along with him, accompanied by Councilmember Leslie Whatley.
Parker says they ordered him to drive to Councilman Troy Tucker’s house to wish him happy birthday. “Councilmember Tucker is also openly homosexual,” Parker says. That’s where they asked him to strip and offered him the job as police chief, Parker says.
He claims he also was “subjected to viewing pictures of Mayor Faught, Councilmember Tucker, and Councilmember Whatley engaged in lewd behavior. On at least one other occasion, Mayor Faught and Councilmembers Tucker and Whatley – who comprise a quorum of the City Council – ordered plaintiff to attend an illegal meeting at a private residence. They again suggested that plaintiff should accept their offer to become the Chief of Police. Plaintiff refused to play their game, preferring to serve the citizens of Covington in the capacity of patrol officer without being forced to strip or otherwise entertain Mayor Faught, Councilmember Tucker, and Councilmember Whatley.”
Two months later, he says, he was injured on duty and subsequently was fired, ostensibly for failing to report to work against his doctor’s orders.
He seeks reinstatement, lost wages and damages. He is represented by Bob Gorsky of Dallas.