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Former California teacher sues for employment discrimination

By law, employers are not allowed to discriminate against their employees, yet there are still plenty of stories in the news about workers who are treated unfairly due to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or other factors. Recently, a former English teacher and coach at a California charter school filed an employment discrimination lawsuit in Alameda County, claiming that he was terminated from his coaching duties because of his sexual orientation. Furthermore, the suit alleges that he was forced to leave his teaching position due to harassment.

The plaintiff stated in the lawsuit that his supervisors at Livermore Valley Charter Prep High School let him go as the head football coach of the varsity team after he casually mentioned his husband. According to his attorney, the plaintiff's sexual orientation was not a secret, and some school officials and parents had objections to his coaching the team. The suit claims that his supervisors had discussions about it and decided that the team could not have a gay coach.

The man is suing for employment discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. He is pursuing an undetermined amount of compensation for lost wages, future earnings, legal fees and damages. The suit names Livermore, several individuals and the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation as the defendants.

Every employee in California has the right to a work environment free from employment discrimination and harassment. When situations like this occur, the employee may find it helpful to speak to someone who understands the nuances of employment law in our state. This may help the employee decide the best course of action to take in order to obtain closure and a sense of justice.

Source:, Ex-Livermore teacher says he lost coaching job because he's gay, Jeremy Thomas, Nov. 6, 2013

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