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Published: July 27, 2017
Long Island, NY - On Thursday, July 27th the New York Times and other major media outlets reported on a story about the alleged 2010 dismissal of Donald Zarda from Altitude Express dba Skydive Long Island. The case of Mr. Zarda has been cited following the Department of Justice's filing of court papers stating that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
As a result of this report, our business has received several messages and phone calls expressing anger over the dismissal of Mr. Zarda. We feel it's important to add clarity to this story. We have no affiliation to this case or the dismissal of Mr. Zarda.
In 2016, the naming rights of Skydive Long Island was purchased from Altitude Express and has been under new ownership at an entirely different location (Altitude Express was located in Calverton). We are located in Shirley, NY.
Skydive Long Island and it's ownership wish to be clear in our expression of support for gay rights and the LGBTQ community.
Skydive Long Island's owner, Brian Erler states, "We hire our staff based on qualifications related to aviation, skydiving, and hospitality. We do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religious affiliation. Personally, I have family members who are gay and it has always been my position to be supportive of gay rights and the LGBTQ community. We are all the same and we do not tolerate discrimination."
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