Another Roncalli counselor could be fired for have a same-sex relationship


INDIANAPOLIS — Another guidance counselor at Roncalli has said the Indianapolis Catholic high school is discriminating against her for being a lesbian.

Indianapolis television station RTV6 reported on Friday that Lynn Starkey, co-director of guidance at Roncalli, filed a charge of discrimination with the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday, alleging “discrimination and hostile work environment based on sex and sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

From RTV6:

According to a press release sent out by Starkey’s attorney on Friday, she has served as a guidance counselor at the school for 21 years and has worked at Roncalli for the past 39 years.

“Ms. Starkey is a gay female and she and her spouse obtained a civil union license in 2015,” the release states.

It claims that two days after Roncalli and the Archdiocese placed Shelly Fitzgerald on paid administrative leave the principal asked her if she was in a civil union, which she answered truthfully.

“The Archdiocese and Roncalli’s decision to threaten Ms. Fitzgerald’s employment, and place her on administrative leave, has severely or perversely altered the conditions of Ms. Starkey’s work environment in multiple respects.”

Shelly Fitzgerald is a guidance counselor at the school who was put on administrative leave earlier this year and has her own legal action against the school and Archdiocese of Indianapolis.