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CA Sales rep terminated for flyer

Property Here - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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A Mississauga sales rep has been terminated by Re/Max for distributing a flyer that residents said included homophobic material.

Andrew Ciastek, formerly with Re/Max Realty One, used “poor judgment on his personal marketing,” says Christine Martysiewicz, Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada’s director for internal and public relations. “We assure the general public that his actions in no way reflect Re/Max or our associates. We’re offended by the insensitivity shown here just as much as the community is. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and our clients,” Martysiewicz told Xtra.ca.

The Mississauga News says local resident Jon McDonald complained about the flyer to Re/Max, the Real Estate Council of Ontario and the Peel Regional Police Diversity Unit. The flyer included a story entitled Traditional Family is the Best for the Future of the Kids. It cited a study by a Texas University professor that says unemployment is three times higher among offspring of same-sex couples than those of heterosexual couples. Xtra.casays he has since backtracked on some of his conclusions.

“It just makes no sense whatever,” McDonald told the News. “On the inside is information about how to maintain your air conditioner, how to save money…The back (of the brochure) just seems so incongruous and offensive.”