VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A former 7-Eleven employee told WAVY.com he was fired from his job because he is gay.
Virginia Beach Police said Bradley Kindrick, a clerk at the 7-Eleven on Indian River Road, was kissed and assaulted by another man last month.
Kindrick told police the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. when the suspect walked in and began chatting with him in a flirtatious manner. The two walked back toward the bathroom.
"I go over and he grabs me and slams me up against the wall. I'm finally able to break free from him and I run to the back and I get my co-worker," Kindrick said. "I was scared to death. I was scared that something was going to go further... that he was going to do something really bad to me."
During the assault, Kindrick said then man forcibly kissed him as well.
Kindrick says a few days after the incident, he was fired by store management.
"I think because I am openly homosexual I think that they think maybe somebody would come in and do it again," Kindrick said. "I think that they made up a reason to let me go because they didn't want stuff like that happening at that store, and they felt like if they kept me, something like that would happen."
He said managers told him he was fired because he was drunk on the job. Kendrick denied those claims, and in turn, 7-Eleven corporate officials denied Kendrick's claims as well.
Police continue to search for the suspect. If you have any information, contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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