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Judge: Catholic School Discriminated Against Gay Teacher

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ruled against Charlotte Catholic High School, Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Charlotte.

He wrote that Lonnie Billard’s termination went against Billard’s federal protections against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.A trial will go ahead to determine the relief for Billard.Cogburn ruled that religious protections did not apply to Billard’s role in teaching English and drama because he held a secular teaching position.  “Plaintiff is a lay employee, who comes onto the campus of a religious school for the limited purpose of teaching secular classes, with no mandate to inculcate students with Catholic teachings,” Cogburn wrote in his decision.He added that the school.

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