A federal judge in the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed a Title VII discrimination lawsuit brought by a lesbian nurse who claimed that she was fired because of her sexuality and appearance.
Baylor University Medical Center said it terminated nurse Penelope Lynch for. The federal judge assigned to the case held that Lynch failed to establish a prima facie case of gender discrimination.
Because she was fired by a woman, the judge wrote, Lynch could not allege that she was discriminated against because she is female. Moreover, the judge noted that homosexuals are not recognized as a protected class under Title VII.
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