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#1 Aightball

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 08:53 AM

So, I'm playing with some plot ideas in my WIP, now that it's been workshopped once.  Everyone at my workshop suggested, and I agreed, that in order to make my stakes stronger and give the character realistic struggles, he should teach at a Catholic school.  He's gay and I'm looking for experiences with being gay, teaching in a Catholic school.

 

I've done some Googling and I know there are at least two schools in the Midwest that fire teachers for being in an LGBTQ relationship.  But does anyone have personal experience or have the wording in the contract about this?  Are other teachers also under special rules (i.e. don't get divorced, don't get pregnant out of wedlock, etc.).  I grew up Roman Catholic so I know about that part of things, but I'm not a teacher and my SO teaches in a public school.

 

I'm planning to have him finally decide to be openly in a relationship and then get canned...how hard would it be for him to be hired on at a public school after that?  Or another parochial school?

 

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:32 PM

I can't say for sure -- being neither a lawyer nor working as a teacher -- but I believe Catholic schools have largely been able to fire teachers in these circumstances and those teachers have had little to no recourse at least as far as that school is concerned. I don't think there's anything that would preclude a public school from hiring that teacher, but in very conservative areas of the country, I could see it being difficult for that teacher to get hired at a public school once his or her relationship was made public by newspapers or even just the local grapevine. And I doubt another parochial school in the area would hire him; he'll need to share references.

 

It could lead to a lawsuit, I'd imagine, but I'm not really quite sure what the allegation would be. If a Catholic school isn't going to lose a "wrongful termination" case, perhaps the suit would be for defamation, but the only way that would seem to work would be for the teacher to essentially lie about himself. It sets up lots of dramatic tension and might be a fine novel. In order to work, the teacher would need to lie about who he is and the relationship that caused him to lose a job he loved. Surely, his partner would not be too happy about that.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:59 PM

Thank you!!  That's what I was thinking...and my research seems to agree with you.  I'm sure his SO would not be happy if he told some fibs to keep his job =). 


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