A baker who works for a law firm that handles cases of discrimination against LGBTQ people has filed a federal lawsuit against Wisconsin, alleging she was fired from her job after she spoke out against a baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Diane Whalen, an attorney who has been with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin for the past five years, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by her partner in April.
The couple, who are members of a gay-straight alliance group, were invited to participate in a cake-making class at Whalens law office.
Whalen was the first person in the class to speak out against the refusal of a bakery in her office to make the cake for the same-day wedding.
The baker was not identified in the lawsuit, but the couple said it was Whalene who spoke out and that she was retaliated against.
Whalsen was not able to attend the class and has since lost her job, the lawsuit says.
A spokesperson for Whales law firm said in a statement that the firm does not comment on pending litigation.
A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Equality Project, which has filed the lawsuit with the EEOC, said the organization has filed an amicus brief in the case with the U. S. Supreme Court arguing that the baker’s firing violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
The group’s lawsuit is seeking an injunction that would prevent the employer from retaliating against a member of a same sex marriage-related group.