Fired Gay Music Director Fires Discrimination Complaints

Fired music director Colin Collette has filed federal and local discrimination complaints against the Chicago parish where he was employed for 17 years. These filings are the first step in a potential lawsuit, hinging on just what “ministerial exemption” means in employment law.…

QUOTE TO NOTE: ‘People should be called the way that they want to be called’

Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich endorsed the idea that church leaders should call LGBT people by the terms which such people use to identify themselves. America magazine’s Michael O’Loughlin reported on the cardinal’s comments, made in response to a reporter’s question…

Court Decision Against Gay Employee Should Not Be Final Word

The news that a gay man’s suit against the Chicago-area Catholic parish which fired him was dismissed by a judge because of the religious exemption rule is disappointing, but should not be the last word on this case. U.S. District…

Court: Church Legally Justified in Firing of Gay Church Worker in Chicago

In a ruling released last week, a federal judge has said a Catholic parish was legally justified in firing a gay church worker. The Washington Blade reported: “In a seven-page decision, U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras determined Tuesday the Holy Family…

Fired N.C. Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

U.S. federal court will be the venue for the latest employment suit brought by an LGBT person against a Catholic institution. Lonnie Billard, who in 2014 was fired from his job as an English and drama teacher at Charlotte Catholic…

Lawsuit Filed by Fired Gay Church Worker Claiming Discrimination

A fired church worker has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the church institution which fired him, and its affiliated diocese. John M. Murphy filed the federal lawsuit earlier this month against the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, and against the St. Francis…

Fired Church Worker’s Lawsuit May Proceed Against Archdiocese, Court Rules

A federal court in Chicago has ruled that a fired gay church worker’s discrimination case against his former employers may proceed as he had hoped. The Archdiocese of Chicago had filed a motion to dismiss former music director Colin Collette’s lawsuit…

Fired Church Worker Reaches Settlement with Montana Diocese; Other Employment Updates

Fired Teacher Settles Lawsuit in Montana Fired teacher Shaela Evenson settled her lawsuit against the Diocese of Helena, Montana, and Butte Central Catholic Schools  just weeks before the case went to trial. The parties have reached a private agreement. Evenson, a lesbian…

Fired Church Worker Still Proclaims Justice, Even After Diocese Settles Lawsuit

There’s a feeling you get when you’re in the presence of someone holy. It’s different than when you meet a celebrity. With a celebrity, you feel awe because of their reputation, and tend to feel a little diminished in yourself.…