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Teacher files wrongful termination claim against school

A man who has worked as a Catholic high school teacher since 1998 was terminated from his position for reasons he believes are discriminatory. The former California teacher lost his job shortly after he married his same-sex partner. He recently filed a wrongful termination claim against the school.

The teacher has been in a same-sex relationship since 2003 and, last summer, he married his partner. He says that his gender preference was widely known throughout the school, but just two weeks into his marriage, the school administrator sat him down for a discussion. Although he initially thought that this would be a routine conversation about the upcoming school year, he was informed that he was being terminated from his job.

The former teacher claims that his termination was a violation of his rights of political speech and to legally be part of a same-sex marriage. According to the lawsuit, the school violated the state labor code and breached their contract. The defendants replied to the suit and stated that the facility is a Catholic school that requires staff members to adhere to religious values.

It is unlawful for employers in the state of California to terminate individuals just because of their sexual preferences or for any other discriminatory reasons. The former teacher may be awarded damages by a California civil court if evidence presented proves that the school terminated him due to his sexual lifestyle. Employees who are terminated for unlawful reasons may have the right to file wrongful termination claims against their former employers to recoup damages as deemed appropriate by a court.

Source:, "Teacher Fired For Marrying His Gay Partner", , June 18, 2014

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