Commend Company’s Apology for Employee’s Discrimination Against Gay Couple

Target: James A. Wilhelm, CEO and President of Standard Parking, Inc.

Goal: Applaud Standard Parking Inc. for recognizing and apologizing for its employee’s discriminative treatment of a gay couple

Standard Parking Inc., a rental car company in Albuquerque, New Mexico that shuttles people to and from the airport recently apologized for the behavior of one of its employees. The rental car company had a shuttle driver who discriminated against a gay couple on a shuttle car. He demanded that the gay couple sit in the back of the car.

The two men were holding hands on the shuttle, and one of them started to sing. That is when they were ordered to the back of the bus. The driver wrongly forced this couple to the back of the bus and now is facing consequences from the law.

The mayor of Albuquerque, Richard Berry, made a statement in support of the gay couple by saying that the driver’s actions were inappropriate. He said, “We’re out there aggressively making sure this never happens again because this does not belong in Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Albuquerque’s Human Rights Office is studying what happened.

Standard Parking Inc. apologized for the employee’s behavior and suspended him after learning about what he did. The rental car company then made it clear that it does not tolerate discrimination toward its customers. Applaud the company for apologizing to the gay couple by signing the petition below.


Dear James A. Wilhelm,

Recently, one of your employees discriminated against a gay couple. The driver allegedly ordered the gay couple to the back of the bus after seeing them hold hands and hearing one of the men start to sing. The driver obviously has a prejudice against gay people and was not able to hold in his prejudice toward the customers.

The mayor of Albuquerque spoke out about the incident and said it was wrong of the driver to discriminate against the couple. It is still being decided what will happen with the driver legally. The Human Rights Office of the city will look into the case now, and hopefully see the discrimination that was clearly present.

It is important to recognize the seriousness of your employee’s actions, and you did. You also gave an apology and suspended the driver, which is what is fair. The actions you have taken prove that your company does not tolerate discrimination against customers. Thank you for upholding your non-discrimination policy.


[Your Name Here]

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