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Boston: Gay man files complaint after Catholic school rescinds job

Matthew Barrett
Matthew Barrett
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A gay man in Boston says he had his dream job rescinded once the Roman Catholic school that hired him found out that he was married to another man. According to the Boston Herald on Jan. 30, 43-year-old Matthew Barrett has filed a complaint against the school with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Barrett claims that just a couple days after Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA hired him as a food services director; they took back the offer once they noticed that he listed his husband as the emergency contact.

Barrett told the Boston Globe that he was told: “The Catholic religion doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage” therefore they were unable to hire him.

But this was a clear violation of the state’s antidiscrimination laws, which, according to the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, are not exempt because of their religious values.

Bennett Klein, an attorney for the organization, states:

“Religiously affiliated entities do not have a free pass to do as they please in how they treat employees, particularly when it comes to our important laws against discrimination. Our laws carefully balance the important values of religious liberty and nondiscrimination.”

Matthew Barrett, who was raised Catholic, understands first hand of how strict the religion is when it coms to homosexuality, but doesn’t understand how his sexuality would affect the job he was hired to do.

What frustrated Barrett even more is the fact that he gave notice to his other job once the school hired him. Fontbonne Academy has not released a comment.

The state law does allow for the commission to possibly conduct an inquiry into Barrett’s complaint against the school. If it is agreed that discrimination has taken place, Barrett could present the school with a lawsuit.

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