Published On: Thu, Jul 10th, 2014

Flint Dollar, gay music teacher loses job after he plans to marry partner

A gay Georgia school teacher has been told that his contract will not be renewed after four years of teaching music at a Catholic school. Flint Dollar had received no parent complaints and had a clear record at the school; however, the teacher had recently announced his plans to marry his gay partner on social media. 
Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Dollar says that he had been honest about his sexual orientation since he was hired. 

Dollar was called in to see the school president on the last day of school. “I was told that … the bishop of the Diocese of Savannah called and expressed his concern that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church,” he said. 
“When you’re called in the last part of the day on the last day of the week, it’s not a good sign,” Dollar says according to the July9 NPR report. “I was told very specifically I didn’t do anything wrong, that there were no parent complaints, no student complaints, but regardless, I would not be returning,” Dollar says. “I’m still kind of processing that.”
The state of Georgia does not have a law prohibiting employers from discriminating against homosexuals, but Dollar plans to use Title VII of the Civil rights act as the basis for a lawsuit. Title VII prevents employers from discrimination of sex. 
Dollar’s attorney Charles Cox said, “When you fire somebody because they are engaging in a same-sex marriage, I think that pretty clearly fits with gender discrimination. You’re being fired because you’re not complying with traditional gender stereotypes, and that’s wrong, and we believe it’s unlawful.”
A judge in Washington made a ruling in a lawsuit brought by federal employee Peter TerVeer. TerVeer claims his supervisor at the Library of Congress made his work life miserable because TerVeer is gay.LGBT rights attorney Greg Nevins, who is helping with TerVeer’s case, explains how TerVeer sued under Title VII:

“His romantic or intimate interest in men is something that the women workers at the office were not penalized for, but he was,” Nevins says. “He made that claim in federal district court, and the court allowed it to proceed, despite a motion to dismiss by the Department of Justice.”

Dollar says he does not plan to return to the school even if he wins the suit.
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