Superintendent Refuses To Reinstate Bishop Watterson Teacher Who Said She Was Fired For Being Gay


The superintendent of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus will not reinstate a teacher who was fired after her sexual orientation came to light.

According to the attorney for former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale, the superintendent of the Diocese will not reinstate Hale and will “uphold the termination” of her teaching contract.

Hale was fired in March after her mother’s obituary identified her same sex partner.

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Hale has filed a grievance about the termination as well as a complaint with the Columbus Community Relations Commission.

According to Hale’s attorney, Thomas Tootle, if the complaint is valid, it could result in criminal prosecution for violation the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

Tootle said that Hale plans to pursue the case further.

She has two weeks to request binding arbitration, according to the contract between the Diocese and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators.

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