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Former Security Guard Says Tower Records Told Him to Spy on Gay Employees

December 28, 1993

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A former Tower Records security guard says in a lawsuit that he was ordered to spy on gay store managers.

Husham ″Eddie″ Haroun, who supervised security at 11 San Francisco Bay area stores, said he was forced to quit in February after refusing his superiors’ orders to bug a manager’s office to find out if the manager was ″arranging personal homosexual liaisons on company time and telephones.″

Haroun was also told to spy on gay managers outside of work, the lawsuit stated.

Jamerson Allen, a lawyer representing Tower, said Monday the company would not comment on pending litigation.

The company intended ″to terminate or demote gay store managers because homosexuals do not fit the image of Tower Records,″ the lawsuit charged.

The lawsuit also claims that Tower discriminated against Haroun because he is black. He said he was subjected to racial epithets during the 3 years he worked at Tower.

The lawsuit, filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages.

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