Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. GLBTQ Culture

Boston: Gay man files complaint after Catholic school rescinds job

See also

A gay man in Boston says he had his dream job rescinded once the Roman Catholic school that hired him found out that he was married to another man.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.

Subscribe to New England Gay Issues Examiner.

Follow the New England Gay Issues Examiner on Twitter.

Like our Facebook page.

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!