A Minnesota teacher alleges a Catholic school terminated her employment when she came out publicly as a lesbian. This represents the second allegation of sexual orientation termination made against a Minnesota Catholic school when a gay employee made the matter of that individual's sexual preference public.
Although school officials confirmed that the woman lodging the complaint was no longer employed by the school, they provided no further information or details. A couple months before the alleged termination of the female teacher, a male principal of a Catholic school contended he was fired when he announced he was involved in a same sex relationship. Yet another male teacher maintains he was terminated earlier in the year when he married his same sex partner. A fourth termination case involving a lesbian teacher also occurred in a Catholic school earlier in the year.
Minnesota attorneys with experience in employment discrimination matters may assist clients making a wrongful termination claim in a number of ways. A lawyer may attempt to negotiate a settlement of the matter, which may include a reinstatement to the client's prior position of employment. In the alternative, a lawyer may aid a client in pursuing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or in filing and litigating a lawsuit based on wrongful termination.
Source: Huffington Post, "Kristen Ostendorf, Minnesota Catholic School Teacher, Allegedly Fired For Being Gay", September 11, 2013