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EEOC backs Mount de Sales band director in discrimination case

A federal agency says it's found reasonable cause to believe that Mount de Sales Academy discriminated against a gay teacher.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Jan.30 determination in a complaint filed by Flint Dollar. He was the school's former band director.

In May, Dollar said, and the school confirmed, that his contract was not renewed after he announced he would marry his male partner.

Trustees at the private Catholic school, said Dollar's pending wedding violated the school's mission "to provide a high quality education based in teachings of the Catholic Church."

But the news led to protests and petitions by band students, parents and others.


Critics cited the school's online policy, which states that Mount de Sales Academy is "committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law."

The Jan 30 letter to Flint Dollar states the school told Dollar that he was being let go due to "his impending marriage to his homosexual partner," which violated the school's mission.

"Based on the evidence adn the record as a whole," the letter says, there is reasonable cause to conclude that Flint "was discriminated against because of his sex (sexual stereotyping) in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended."

We could not reach Mount de Sales officials for comment Monday afternoon; the school is closed for spring break.

By email, Dollar's attorney, Charles Cox, wrote that a reasonable-cause finding by EEOC usually leads to attempts to settle the case.

If that he fails, he writes, EEOC has the option of filing a federal lawsuit to enforce anti-discrimination laws.


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