Australian Rugby Player Sues After Being Fired for Anti-Gay Post

israel Folau. Photo credit: David molloy, via Flickr

Israel Folau, a rugby player who was sacked in May after posting on social media that “hell awaits” gay people, filed a lawsuit against Rugby Australia (RA).

Folau, 30, says he was unlawfully fired for his Christian beliefs, while RA maintains he violated their code of conduct, according to the BBC. They say he broke the “respectful use of social media” rule, including based on one’s sexual orientation. Still, Folau says he’s been discriminated against based on his religion. 

"Thank you to those who have supported me over this journey - it has meant so much to [my wife] Maria and me. God bless," Folau tweeted on Thursday.

This case will be the first to have a ruling on whether companies have control over employees’ social media comments, as well as political and religious protections.