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Former band director files charge against Mount de Sales

The former band director at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon is now formally accusing the school of discrimination.

In May, school officials told Flint Dollar he is not welcomed back at the Catholic school next year. That came after he announced he would marry his same-sex partner next month.

Now, he has filed what's called a charge of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

School president David Held said the Catholic school had to uphold church teachings against gay marriage.

Dollar's statement says, in part, "David Held, president, informed me that I was being discharged because my plans do not conform to traditional Catholic teaching. I believe I have been discriminated against because of my sex (sexual stereotyping)."

On Tuesday, Dollar says his life has been difficult since leaving Mount de Sales.

"Right now I would have been preparing for summer band and to get ready for next academic year, and I'm not doing that," he said. "...There's a part of my routine that is missing, part of my life that's missing right now."

Charles Cox, Flint Dollar's lawyer, said Mount de Sales is not exempt from federal law that bans job discrimination based on gender discrimination.

We called the school Tuesday afternoon. We could not reach Held for comment.


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