Guard sues Tower over gay issue

A former Tower Records security guard has filed suit against the retail store outlet, charging that he was forced to quit after refusing to conduct surveillance of gay store managers.

Husham (Eddie) Haroun, who supervised security at 11 San Francisco Bay Area stores, said his superiors ordered him to bug a gay manager’s office to find out if the manager was “arranging personal homosexual liaisons on company time and telephones.”

Haroun was also told to spy on gay managers outside of work, the lawsuit stated.

The company intended “to terminate or demote gay store managers because homosexuals do not fit the image of Tower Records,” the suit charged.

Haroun, 29, said he was forced to resign in February after working for Tower for 3 1/2 years because he refused to bug the offices.

The suit, filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

The suit also claims that Tower discriminated against Haroun, who is black, because of his race and that he was subjected to racial epithets at work.

Jamerson Allen, a lawyer representing Tower, did not return a message left by the Associated Press.

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