A former Santa Barbara Boy Scout executive who was fired after publicly revealing he is gay has filed a job discrimination lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Leonard Lanzi was the top Boy Scout official in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties until he was dismissed in November, weeks after stating in a public meeting that he is gay.
Lanzi's lawsuit, filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court, contends that the Scouts violated California's employment discrimination laws by firing him, said Steven Serratore, the Los Angeles lawyer representing Lanzi. The Boy Scouts "knowingly violated these laws by their blatant discriminatory treatment of Mr. Lanzi in the workplace," Serratore said.
Boy Scouts of America officials could not be reached for comment.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Boy Scouts have a right to exclude openly gay men from their ranks. That ruling came in a case brought about by a New Jersey scoutmaster whose membership was revoked after he told a newspaper he is gay.