Gay ex-Audubon Police Officer feels vindicated

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

AUDUBON PARK, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former Audubon Park Police Sergeant feels vindicated after the Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission found that he was indeed discriminated against for his sexual orientation .

Kile Nave is openly gay and started working for Audubon Park Police in 2009. He said he was fired for complaining about being harassed for his sexual orientation and the commission stood by him.

"The bigoted and bullying behavior must stop and it must stop now," Nave said.

He said he feels somewhat vindicated now that the Metro Human Relations Commission agrees his firing based on his sexual orientation violated the city's Fairness Ordinance.

"Vindication, yes. It doesn't make me happy. I feel terrible that Audubon Park has been dragged through this. I don't believe its the residents' fault. They were kept in the dark by the police department for several years. They are now being more involved in city government and holding those accountable that are in city office," Nave said.

He said the harassment began shortly after being hired. First, he ignored it, but it only became worse. He said he was verbally abused and then suddenly terminated last year. It turned into a  Metro Government investigation which determined the firing violated the Fairness Ordinance.

"This is such a clear-cut case on why anti-discrimination fairness ordinances that include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are necessary here in Louisville and necessary across all of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation," Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign said.

The city of Audubon Park and the police department declined to comment and referred us to their attorney who released this statement:

"The letter from the Human Relations Commission is a preliminary finding based upon a limited investigation," Kyle Vaughn, attorney for City of Audubon Park said. "The city of Audubon Park denies all allegations of discrimination and retaliation."

This is the first in a series of steps in which the parties must reach some kind of resolution, which could include sensitivity training.

Nave remains unemployed.

A civil case is also pending.
 

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