A Christian software engineer said he's been "overwhelmingly humiliated" and is demanding an apology from web hosting company GoDaddy over comments about his weight and his faith he says were embedded in a rejection email that he received back in 2014.
Casey Yontz, an attorney for Keith Connolly of Queen Creek, Arizona, is calling the battle between Connolly and the company a "David vs. Goliath scenario."
Connolly told the Arizona Republic that he received a form letter last year letting him know that he was rejected for a mobile IOS developer position, but it's what he clams to have found copied below that message that has him upset and speaking out.
He said that he found a message that reportedly read, "About keith [sic] he's great for the job in skills but he looks worse for wear do we really want an obeese [sic] christian? is that what our new image requires of us."
While the job applicant had interviewed with GoDaddy in person, he says he did not mention his faith, but suspects that the company learned about it through his social media activity.
While Connolly is offended and is working with an attorney to get an apology from the company, GoDaddy claims that the message isn't authentic and has said that it could take legal action if the software engineer keeps speaking out, the Arizona Republic reported.
Connolly, who has since launched a fundraising effort to start his own web hosting company called Huckstart.com, explained that it wasn't until months after he had filed it away that he first saw the words about his weight and faith.
"I noticed there was something I missed. I saw the attached message," he told the Arizona Republic. "It hit me like a ton of bricks."
With the statue of limitations for a discrimination lawsuit already up, he's hoping for an apology, but so far it appears as though GoDaddy is doubling down on its stance.
"We believe the allegations are completely without merit and unequivocally deny them," GoDaddy spokesman Dan C. Race said in a statement last week. "GoDaddy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer."
In a later statement, the company called Connolly's allegations "false" and said that "legal action" could be taken "for fabricating this claim."
When conservative commentator Todd Starnes asked the company if it believed that Connolly made up the claims, a representative reportedly wouldn't answer the question.
"This is one of the most egregious emails I’ve seen in my career," Yontz told Starnes. "To think they would have the audacity to think that it’s OK to write a thought like that in an email says a lot about what is going on over there."
GoDaddy said it conducted its own investigation and found no evidence that the email was sent, according to KPHO-TV.
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