A Coral Gables, Florida woman is suing her employer, Hobby Lobby, over their refusal to supply her with what she considers “birth control.”
Linda Ferno, a seven year employee at the Coral Gables location of Hobby Lobby was hoping that her employer’s contribution to her government mandated health insurance policy would include masturbation supplies. To her dismay, it did not.
Upon realizing this, she filed a complaint with the company’s Human Resources Department, only to find out that Hobby Lobby does not condone the practice of masturbation, and also does not recognize it as a form of birth control.
A spokesman for Hobby Lobby cited numerous passages within the company’s employee manual where masturbation was actually prohibited by employees, both on and off the job. In-fact, Hobby Lobby’s employee manual clearly states that
“Masturbation is viewed by the company as a form of sexual harassment that an employee commits themselves.”
The manual goes on to further explain
“If you have been a victim of masturbation, committed by you (an employee of Hobby Lobby), you must report this to your immediate supervisor. Failure to report acts of masturbation will result in discipline, and can include termination.”
In addition to citing numerous passages within the employee handbook, outlining the company’s position on masturbation, the company issued the following statement.
“Hobby Lobby is a Christian-Owned company and we embrace the family values and faith of our principles, customers and employees. Masturbation, as well as other forms of sexual harassment and assault has no place in this organization.”
Fredrich Weinsteen, the attorney representing Ms. Ferno, contests that masturbation is a “unique form of birth control for his client” and her employer must pay for it, even if it violates their company policy and local laws. Mr. Weinsteen did acknowledge that unlike certain forms of birth control, such as condoms, masturbation does not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease.
Stop Masturbation Now will continue to keep you updated as this story unfolds.