Gay Teacher Fired by Catholic School Claims Discrimination
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- 2013 May 03
Carla Hale, 59, a lesbian P.E. teacher, has filed a grievance against the diocese of the Ohio Catholic school where she worked for 19 years until administrators fired her for "violating moral law," WORLD reports. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Hale's sexual orientation became public when an obituary for her late mother published Hale's name along with the name of her female partner, Julie. An anonymous parent sent a letter to Hale's employer, Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, complaining about Hale’s presence on staff. The school fired Hale in March, explaining that by maintaining a homosexual relationship she had violated the diocesan policy requiring Catholic school personnel to be examples of moral behavior. So far, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the local diocese have declined to comment.