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Former California gay teacher files wrongful termination suit

When a worker is faced with job loss, it can cause a multitude of financial burdens for him or herself and those who depend on that individual for support. Terminating a worker based only on race or sexual orientation is considered wrongful termination under California laws. As unlawful as this act is, it is more common than some may think. A former teacher was terminated from his job position allegedly for marrying his partner.

Shortly after the ban on gay marriage was lifted, the former English teacher married his partner last summer. He was reportedly employed at the school for over 15 years, but it was not long before he lost his job, which was just two weeks after the marriage. The former teacher recently filed a lawsuit against St. Lucy's Priory High School. The man claims that he was unlawfully terminated due to marrying his partner.

The man further claims that the Catholic school is violating the state Labor Code and public policy in regard to breach of contract and wrongful termination. He is requesting an unspecified amount in punitive and compensatory damages. No other details regarding this case have been reported.

Losing a job is undoubtedly a frightening experience, especially when individuals have others depending on them. When someone loses a job, his or her family may experience financial distress as well as emotional distress when the individual was terminated for discriminatory reasons. Employers are only to dismiss someone for lawful reasons such as inadequate work performance or violating company policies. Under California law, it is unlawful for an employer to terminate someone for any type of discriminatory reason. Employees who have been fired due to discrimination may have the right to file wrongful termination claims against the employers who have committed these unjust actions.

Source:, Gay Teacher Fired By Catholic School Sues, Tahsin Hyder, March. 13, 2014

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