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John de Miranda, former CEO of Stepping Stone San Diego, an organization founded in 1976 and based in City Heights that provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, says in a recently filed lawsuit that he was fired because of his heterosexuality.

“Stepping Stone and the board of directors terminated his employment because he is not gay, and because of the board's belief that having a president and chief executive who is not gay decreases Stepping Stone's fund-raising opportunities,” reads a portion of de Miranda’s complaint, according to Courthouse News Service.

De Miranda claims that his employment agreement allowed the organization to terminate him “for cause at any time if the other party materially breaches the agreement,” though he argues he had served in his position without complaint from May 1, 2008 until his firing last October “without cause and without notice.”

In his termination letter, Stepping Stone allegedly said it would only disclose the cause for his release if he “becomes ‘adverse’ to Stepping Stone and/or the board of directors.”

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