Gay Roncalli counselor sues school, Indianapolis archdiocese for discrimination
INDIANAPOLIS — A gay guidance counselor who was fired from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis is suing the school and the Indianapolis Catholic archdiocese for discrimination.
The Indianapolis Star reported that it was the second lawsuit brought against the archdiocese this month.
According to the Star, Lynn Starkey is alleging the the school and archdiocese created a hostile work environement and discriminated against her on the basis of orientation and retaliated when she complained. The newspaper said Starkey had worked at the school for 40 years until she was fired because she married another woman.
From the Indianapolis Star:
The archdiocese said in a statement released Monday that it has the right “to hire leaders who support the schools’ religious mission.”
“Catholic schools exist to communicate the Catholic faith to the next generation,” the archdiocese said. “To accomplish their mission, Catholic schools ask all teachers, administrators and guidance counselors to uphold the Catholic faith by word and action, both inside and outside the classroom.”
Starkey is the second Roncalli guidance counselor to raise discrimination complaints against the school and archdiocese. Shelly Fitzgerald gained national attention after she was suspended from her job at the high school because of her same-sex marriage. Fitzgerald has made similar accusations and has said she intends to sue.
Both women filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and requested the right to sue.
Starkey was issued a Notice of Right to Sue earlier this month.
The Star reported that Starkey was the second of four gay and married employees in local Catholic schools targeted by the archdiocese. A parishioner had pulled Starkey’s marriage certificate and gave it to a priest.