Ex-Currency Trader Sues After "Vegetarian Homo" Slur

Man files suit after his firing; not that there's anything wrong with that

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Ex-Currency Trader Sues After "Vegetarian Homo" Slur

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A currency trader sued his former employer after his then-boss allegedly called him a "vegetarian homo."

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A New York City foreign-currency trader has filed a lawsuit claiming he was harassed and fired because his supervisor believed he was a gay vegetarian.

Manhattan resident Ryan Pacifico says he traded euros for Calyon in the Americas and did well until late 2006, when Robert Catalanello became his supervisor.

Court papers said when Catalanello learned Pacifico didn't eat meat, he called him "a vegetarian homo." The papers say Catalanello made a similar comment when he saw a photo of Pacifico in running tights.

Pacifico's lawyer Rick Ostrove said Wednesday his client married a woman in August and isn't gay.

The lawsuit names Catalanello, Calyon and another employee as defendants. It seeks unspecified damages.

Calyon spokeswoman Mary Guzman says the company has no comment.

Calyon is a unit of Credit Agricole CIB of France.

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