Wall-cleaning company ‘banned from California for having gay staff’
California’s largest company, Wall-Cleaners, has been forced to temporarily close its California operations after the company was accused of discriminating against its employees by banning them from using the company’s restrooms.
In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wall Cleaners stated, “Wall Cleaners, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been operating in California since 2004 and we take this matter very seriously.
We want to make sure that our customers and employees are treated with dignity and respect.”
“The company is suspending the business operations in California until further notice and has decided to make some changes in order to comply with the state’s Human Rights Code, and to ensure that our staff is safe.
Wall Cleaning will continue to work with the California Department of Health Services to resolve this matter, and we look forward to returning to California soon.”
The company’s chief executive officer, Scott W. Stacey, responded to the allegations in a statement, saying, “We are committed to treating everyone equally.
As soon as we have more information about the allegations, we will provide additional information to our California customers and stakeholders.”
“We want to be a part of the California community,” said Stacey.
“We take these issues very seriously and we are working with our legal counsel to determine how to proceed.
I look forward this matter to be resolved soon.”
Stacey said the company will “take a proactive approach to make this right.”
Wall Cleaner also stated that it is a “family-owned business.”
“In our opinion, discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong and we have always treated everyone equally,” said the statement.
“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we are committed, regardless of our legal standing, to treating our employees with dignity, respect and respect for our families, friends, and neighbors.”
Wall- Cleaners has over 1,400 employees and operates in six California cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Santa Maria.
The company was founded by Stacey in 1996.
In December of 2012, the company sued San Francisco District Attorney Dennis Herrera, who was investigating complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination by the company.
Stacy told Breitbart News that he was fired from his job as a manager in January of this year, and that he had been “hounded for the past few months.”
The lawsuit said that Herrera’s investigation “revealed numerous instances in which Wall Cleanings employees engaged in unwelcome sexual advances and conduct in violation of the company policy.”
“It is our firm belief that this conduct was committed against employees who were simply seeking to work and were not sexually harassed or discriminated against,” the lawsuit said.
In its statement to Breitbart, Wall cleaned up its stance on LGBT issues and said that it has “reached a point of no return” as the company has “lost its way in this debate.”
Wall has previously come under fire for its policies against transgender employees and employees of LGBTQ advocacy groups.
Wall said in 2016 that it “categorically rejects discrimination and would never intentionally discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis.”
In its complaint against Herrera, the California Civil Rights Commission alleged that the company violated a number of anti-discrimination statutes, including the California Anti-Discrimination Act.
Wall cleaned its facilities in 2017 and 2018 and also recently announced that it was removing its name from the state of California.
“It’s time to end the bullying and harassment that’s been taking place in our company and the workplace,” said Wall Clean’s chief operating officer, Mark M. Cernig.
“And we are taking this step because we believe that it’s in the best interest of our employees, the customers, and the community.”
“Wall is a pioneer in the cleaning industry,” Cernic added.
“In fact, it’s one of the oldest and most respected in the country.
Our company has been the leader in the cleanliness of San Francisco’s streets, in San Francisco County, in the state and in the nation.”
In 2017, California voters approved Prop 8, which banned gay marriage, adoption, and civil unions for same-sex couples in the Golden State.
The measure passed by a nearly two-to-one margin, with Prop 8 supporters claiming it would allow “marriage equality” and “open the door to more families and more children.”
After the election, the Los Angeles Times reported that Wall Clean is “now suing Herrera in federal court for violating the California Human Rights Act.”
The suit is one of a number filed against California officials and officials who were part of a coalition that tried to pass Prop 8 during the 2016 legislative session.
“The California Human Right Commission’s lawsuit against Wall Clean, along with other lawsuits, is the latest example of the anti-LGBTQ agenda at the heart of Prop 8 and other discriminatory legislation,” said Sarah Warbelow, policy director at the Transgender Law Center.
“This lawsuit is