Valentine’s Day turns homophobic at one Edmonton employer

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The HR manager of one company may be contacted this week by a mother concerned her son received a homophobic message at his workplace.
 
CBC News reports an employee of Party City in Edmonton received a homophobic Valentine from someone at his workplace at the end of last week.
 
The gift was a plate full of candy covered with hearts, containing a message in black marker that includes the employee’s name and a homophobic message.
 
The employee’s mother, Shelley Bramhoff Sikorski, posted the image on Facebook on Saturday night, describing herself as “beyond livid”.
 
"This is definitely (sic) a hate message. And this is momma bear protective of her son," Sikorski wrote on Facebook, a post since shared thousands of times.
 
One of Sikorski’s first thoughts written on Facebook was to take the issue directly to who she felt was responsible: her son’s corporate HR manager.
 
"I don't know what steps we should take ... do we reach out to his corporate HR before the media. I am at a loss here ... ." Sikorski wrote.
 
Sikorski’s son, Degas, has been an employee at the store for three years, while putting himself through university, according to the Facebook post.
 
She wrote that her son hasn't had a shift since New Year's Eve, and that his hours were cut after a new manager took over the store around Christmas time. 
 
Aside from the homophobic message directed at Degas, the image on Facebook reveals a further statement reading “you are not getting shifts for a reason”.
 
A supervisor at the Party City store in Edmonton said she was not aware of Valentines being given my members of staff when contacted by CBC News.
 
A Party City spokesperson was forced to respond to the media attention yesterday, arguing the company’s culture does not align with the message.
 
"Party City does not condone this behavior and is committed to creating a fair and inclusive working environment," the statement said. 
 
"We are currently looking into this matter and will provide more information as it becomes available."

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