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Gay teacher alleges employment discrimination after being fired

Fairness toward all workers is an important principle for all employers to maintain. Employees in California and elsewhere who feel slighted may believe that they are the victims of employment discrimination. In another state, a Catholic school teacher who happens to be gay claims that he was discriminated against and lost hs job after he announced that he would be marrying his long-time partner.

According to the plaintiff, he had a meeting in 2011 with the school president to discuss his teaching band at the school. At the meeting, the plaintiff reportedly told the president that he was gay and that he lived with his partner. No objection was raised, and he went on to be the band director at the school.

In 2014, the plaintiff  alerted the school that he would be marrying his partner. Once again, nothing was said to him about his decision, though he was terminated three weeks later. Reportedly, the employee handbook does not state that teachers must abide by church teachings or even be members of the Catholic church. Indeed, it is claimed that other faculty members were leading lives contrary to the teachings of Catholicism, though they were not punished and were able to keep their jobs.

The school president stated that the plaintiff was fired because he entered into a same sex-marriage, not because he was gay. The president of the Cardinal Newman Society supported the decision to terminate the plaintiff because of the influence educators have upon children. The plaintiff filed a claim in federal court against the school, alleging employment discrimination based on his sexual orientation. He seeks an award of monetary damages, in addition to restoration of his teaching duties. In California and elsewhere in the country, employers cannot discriminate against workers based on a legally protected status, and those who believe they have been retain the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

Source: breitbart.com, "Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Catholic School", Dr. Susan Berry, July 1, 2015

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