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Sexual orientation can be basis for discrimination suit

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In a case likely to be controversial, a federal court has allowed a bisexual/gay teacher to sue his principal for alleged sexual orientation discrimination. The teacher brought the claim under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Recent case: William, a bisexual/gay man, went to work as a teacher in the Rich­mond County public schools. William claimed that his principal made comments about his sexuality and then refused to renew his teaching contract because of his sexual orientation.

William sued the principal and the district. The court let his claim against the principal go forward.

It did dismiss the case against the school district because there was no evidence it had a policy of discriminating against bisexual/gay individuals. (Dawkins v. Richmond County Schools, No. 1:12-CV-414, MD NC, 2012)

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