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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Georgia Catholic School

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Flint Dollar, a music teacher at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia, has filed a suit against the school after his contract was not renewed when the school found out he plans to marry a man.

DollarSpeaking to NPR, Dollar said that he was honest about his sexual orientation with administrators at the Catholic school.  However, at the end of the school year he 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."

The school has released a statement saying they have to consider an employee's ability to teach Catholic doctrine when making staff decisions.

Dollar’s lawyer Charles Cox says that although there is nothing to be done under employment discrimination legislation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

According to Cox:

“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."

Although Dollar has since filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging sex discrimination, Matthew Franck, a constitutional scholar at Princeton says that even though it might work, it shouldn’t because “it's fairly clear that Title VII's reference to sex as a category of discrimination, that the people who wrote that had nothing like sexual orientation in their minds.”


Sarah Palin Brings Her Obama Impeachment Campaign to Sean Hannity: VIDEO

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After her Breitbart op-ed yesterday calling for the impeachment of Obama, Sarah Palin ran into the welcoming arms of Sean Hannity to spew her teabagger word vomit.

"Lawlessness blah blah blah gunfight blah blah blah cojones blah blah blah... Ted Cruz blah blah blah..."

If anything else, watch the interview to reassure yourself she's just as unelectable as before, or just imagine Tina Fey for a moment.

Watch the certifiable nuttiness, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Boehner Pens CNN Op-Ed: 'Why We Must Sue The President'

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House Speaker John Boehner has written a column for CNN attempting to justify the House Republicans' latest waste of time and taxpayer money.

Writes Boehner:

...later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

The President's response: "So sue me."

What's disappointing is the President's flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I'm frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.


Study: Better Qualified LGBT Applicants Face Discrimination From Federal Contractors

A new study by Freedom to Work and the Equal Rights Center demonstrates that better qualified LGBT applicants are 23% less likely than applicants who don’t identify as LGBT to get a call back from some federal contractors, reports Vox.com.

Report on employment discrimination exxon mobilLast month, President Barack Obama announced that the White House is preparing an executive order banning employment discrimination based on gender identity for federal employees.

The study, titled Federal Contractors Show Anti-LGBT Hiring Bias, sent two fictitious resumes - one of which mentioned a leadership role in an LGBT organization - to 100 positions across eight federal contractors including ExxonMobil and General Electric.

ExxonMobil has a history of repeatedly rejecting LGBT workplace discrimination policiesand have even been taken to court for anti-gay discrimination.

The LGBT resume always included a higher grade point average and stronger work experience. Despite the stronger credentials, the LGBT applicant was much less likely to get called back.

A report infographic demonstrates one example of the application process through ExxonMobil.

The report concludes that both the ERC and FTW applaud Obama’s executive order which will finally give LGBT employees legal recourse to address work discrimination.

On June 25, 140 religious leaders petitioned for an exemption from the pending executive order.

Watch President Obama's Pride Month address at which he announced the executive order, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Obama Announces Executive Order Banning LGBT Employment Discrimination - VIDEO

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Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that the White House is preparing an executive order banning employment discrimination based on gender identity for federal employees.

The measure was announced during a White House reception to mark LGBT Pride Month.

Speaking at the reception, Obama said:

“The majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies to protect their employees because it’s the right thing to do and because many say it helps to retain and attract the best talent, and I agree. So if Congress won’t act, I will.”

Earlier this month, the White House announced plans for an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

On June 25 a group of about 140 religious leaders and advocates for religious freedom asked Obama to secure an exemption for faith-based groups from the pending executive order.

Watch President Obama's Pride Month address, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Celebrates LGBT Pride Month At The White House: VIDEO

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ICYMI yesterday, check out the video and transcript of President and Mrs. Obama addressing a reception held at The White House in honor of LGBT Pride. 

One of the more memorable moments began with the President effusing about White House pastry chef Bill Yossess and ended with the First Lady assuring the audience, “There is no crack in our pies.”

Catch the exchange for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP…

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