John Murphy, the former head of an assisted-living facility, has filed a discrimination claim against the archdiocese of Richmond with the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Murphy claims that his employment was terminated solely because the dioceses learned that he was married to another man. Filing the claim will preserve Murphy’s legal options including a suit for discrimination in federal court.

According to the AP Diana Sims Snider, a spokesperson for the diocese, said that “the diocese sees it as a First Amendment issue and expects its employees to uphold the teachings of the Church.”

Expect to see more of these because the Obama administration has asserted that gays are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. a “ministerial exception” bars Title VII claims by employees who serve in clergy roles. The head of an assisted-living facility isn’t clergy.


Note: I have been out of touch the last couple of days with a very bad cold. I am getting healthier by the minute.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.