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Discrimination Claim Brought Against School that Fired Gay Teacher Allowed to Proceed

Except for religious discrimination, religious organizations are not exempt from other forms of discrimination prohibited under Title VII.

Key point 8-12.01. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers engaged in commerce and having at least 15 employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. Religious organizations are exempt from the ban on religious discrimination but not from the other prohibited forms of discrimination.

A federal court in North Carolina ruled that a male teacher employed by a church school could sue the school for employment discrimination following his termination from employment based on his plans to marry another male.


The plaintiff is a former teacher and substitute teacher at a Catholic high school (the “school”) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The plaintiff came out as homosexual to his close friends and family in 1995. He was married to a woman for about 24 years; they divorced ...

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