On June 21, 2010, TerVeer said his supervisor "directly confronted me about my sexual preference for the first time." TerVeer said his supervisor said he wanted to educate him on hell, and that it was a "sin" to be homosexual.
"He stated that as a homosexual I could never succeed because it was against God's law," TerVeer said in a March 13 affidavit provided to ABC News.
Four days later, the two discussed TerVeer's annual performance review. "My ratings were lower than they should have been," said TerVeer, and he questioned whether his supervisor's religious beliefs resulted in "wrongful discrimination" in grading his performance. In his affidavit,TerVeer said his supervisor became "extremely upset and vehemently denied that my homosexuality and his personal views had an impact on his ratings of me."
"He accused me of attempting to injure his career and reputation and to 'bring down the Library,' TerVeer said, and that his supervisor retaliated against him following that review.
The supervisor and a second-level supervisor held a meeting and accused TerVeer of insubordination. The accusation was not followed by an investigation, nor was TerVeer informed of his rights to report discrimination or harassment, said TerVeer.
TerVeer said his supervisor "set me up to fail," assigning a complex assignment with twice the work load and tighter deadlines. He also said his supervisor tried to interfere with his meetings with the internal Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints Office regarding his discrimination complaint.
"They took every effort to make sure that didn't happen," TerVeer told ABC News.
When TerVeer took disability leave without pay, the Library of Congress said he was "AWOL," according to TerVeer's lawyer, Simeone. The Library canceled TerVeer's health insurance retroactively, and unable to pay his rent, TerVeer was evicted from his apartment in February.
Though TerVeer has been getting by with help from friends, he said he has only $12 left and can't afford either the anti-anxiety medication or therapy he said he needs.
Roll Call reports that there may be legal precedent to help TerVeer succeed in court.
In 2008, a U.S. district court ruled that the Library of Congress violated federal law prohibiting sex discrimination when it rescinded a job offer to an applicant who was transitioning from male to female, Roll Call reported.
TerVeer said he would "like my life back," and he hopes that his story "will give a voice to people who don't have a voice in these situations."
"Personally, I applaud Peter for standing up," Simeone, TerVeer's lawyer, said. "He went through a horrible thing and rather just quit and go to another job he stood up for himself."