Massachusetts School Rescinds Job Offer After Learning of Sexual Orientation, Gay Man Alleges
January 31, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Matthew Barrett is suing Boston-area Catholic girls’ preparatory school for, as he alleges, rescinding a job offer after learning he was married to a man.
The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders will represent Barrett in his lawsuit.
According to the Barrett, Fontbonne Academy withdrew the food services director offer after Barrett listed his husband as his emergency contact.
“She said the Catholic religion doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, and that was her excuse. She said, ‘We cannot hire you,’” Barrett told the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts’ law prohibits sexual orientation discrimination in employment. GLAD argues that the religious exemption in that law does not apply to the school because they do not restrict enrollment to Catholic students.
Barrett is unfortunately not the first individual to face such a precarious situation. Earlier this month, the Archdiocese of Seattle allegedly forced Eastside Catholic High School teacher and assistant principal Mark Zmuda to resign after he revealed he was married to a man.
HRC stands with those continuing to work to turn not away from their faith, but toward it, as they create a more inclusive and loving Catholic Church.
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