A Rude Shock – When Degas Sikorsi went into work Valentine’s day, he expected to get a Valentine’s gift along with the other employees. Instead, he receive a card and Valentine’s Cake that had anti-gay and homophobic writing saying (sic) “(homosexual slur) you’re not getting shifts for a reason.” Sikokrsi had been an employee at Party City in Edmonton for three years and worked there to put himself through college. When a new manager was hired in mid-December, suddenly Sikorski’s workload dropped. After New Year’s Eve, the manager did not give him any shifts.
Only when Sikorski came to work on Valentine’s day did he learn the bitter truth: he was a victim of discrimination in the worst way. Suddenly Sikorski found that the place he had felt comfortable working in was homophobic and he was no longer welcomed. He is not even sure he wants to return to work there because of the overall hostile environment and his fear of retaliation.
He’s been called that slur before on the bus or when marching in the Gay Pride parade, but never at his workplace. He discovered that one more place that he had thought he was safe to be himself is no longer there.
Party City’s Response – Party City responded to his complaint the next day saying, “Party City does not condone this behaviour.”