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Gay discrimination case against Christian network settled

April 1, 2010 |  7:50 am

http://www.waynebesen.com/paul_crouch.gifA broadcast engineer at a Christian television network in Orange County has reached a settled in his lawsuit against his employer alleging that he was discriminated against because he's gay, claiming that he was told to act "straight."

The case involved Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Brian Dugger last year filed a civil suit and sought more than $2.5 million.

Attorneys for both Dugger and Trinity Broadcasting did not return requests for comment. Details of the settlement were not available in court records.

Dugger claimed that his sexuality became an issue when company co-founder and Chairman Paul Crouch Sr. gave control to his son, Paul Crouch Jr., and his wife, Jan.

The younger Crouch told Dugger to dress less “gay,” wear less jewelry and to act “straight,” Dugger claimed in his lawsuit. He alleged that the younger Crouch also insulted him on live television.

Five years into his career with Trinity Broadcasting, Crouch Sr. ordered him to move from the Nashville, Tenn. branch to the Tustin facility, he claimed. That’s when Crouch Jr. was given control of the company. Read the full story here.

-- Joseph Serna

Photo: Paul Crouch Sr. Credit: L.A. Times file photo