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Church Can Fire Lesbian, But Only After Maternity Leave

Church Can Fire Lesbian, But Only After Maternity Leave

 

A German judge recently ruled that a woman working at a Catholic kindergarten can indeed be fired by the church for being a lesbian, but only after her maternity leave is used up.

The unnamed 39-year-old woman admits to having kept her sexuality private for years while working as the head of a Bavarian kindergarten. However, when she and her partner received the news that she was going to have a baby, she decided it was time to be honest with her church employers.

Her church employers reportedly moved to dismiss her immediately, per their belief that her relationship was a breach of their moral code. However, in cases like these the state must approve any such firings and the move to terminate her employment met with problems when state officials realized that the woman was on maternity leave, a right protected by the state.

As such, officials reportedly told the church that they could not fire the woman while she was on maternity leave. The church, finding this unacceptable, took the matter before the courts.

However, Judge Ivo Moll in an opinion issued Tuesday of last week decided that, while church employers are within their authority to fire the woman, they cannot do so while she is on maternity leave and must therefore continue to pay her until her leave is through.

Reports The Local:

“Something like a life partnership between women is of course unthinkable for the church,” said Judge Ivo Moll of the Augsburg administrative court.

He said the woman can be fired — but said this must wait until the end of her maternity leave.

The woman, who says she remains a Catholic, said she did not expect to set foot in the kindergarten again.

It is not known whether the church will appeal this ruling.

Secular laws in Germany prevent sexual orientation discrimination, however religious institutions and affiliated bodies are given broad exemptions to decide their own hiring and firing policies.

 

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3:38AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

i don´t know why this woman should have been honest about her sexual orientation - that is private and no business of any employer. and why fire a employee for being lesbian and not firing priests for sexual harassment of minors - the later was reported for a lot of occasions. and nobody needs to be sorry for the catholic church having to cough up the money for the maternity leave - they do it for every other kid of their employees, so that shouldn´t bother them. and they can quite afford it: the catholic church collects 8-9% tax from the income tax of every catholic in germany and every priest is employed by the state, not by the church.

8:30AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Somehow I think this school has drifted away from following the principles of "what would Jesus do"!

9:28AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Hippocrites!

2:21PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

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4:52PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

James M. You are so full of s**t it boggles the mind!

6:23AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Dear Caitlkin F

What makes you say that it "Doesn't seem fair but the woman was going against the churches teachings and delibrately hiding it. She was probably doing a good job. Its a tough delemma. "

Clearly this lying deceitful homosexual woman was breaking the law and the judge quite correctly ruled that she should lose her job and although he sympathised with the victim – the Catholic Church he was unable to recover the vast sum of money she will collect via maternity leave. In my view it doesn’t seem fair on her employer – the Catholic Church that they have to subsidise a confirmed liar.

We have no evidence that this lying deceitful homosexual woman was doing a good job. On the other hand we do have proven factual evidence in a court of law that she is a lying deceitful homosexual woman and unfortunately the robbery was well planned on a long term basis so that she gets to keep her ill gotten gains. I hardly think any of this evidence suggests that she should be anywhere near children much less teaching them cos lying for selfish personal gain is not a skill we want to share with anybody never mind kindergarten children. Not the kind of role model we want for any of our children – its not a "tough dilemma" - lying for selfish personal gain is clearly a CRIME!

9:38AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

According to Brian S:
Hate is alive and well in the Catholic Church...and in all fundamentalist religions. Jesus wouldn't be real excited about hanging around with this bunch. Start taxing them...now! At least then they will have to contribute to the general welfare of all other human beings. As for the woman's "dishonesty"...was she adept at doing her job? If so, then she should be allowed to continue working and that ridiculous accommodation of religious bigotry in the law should be struck down and those perpetration hate against any minority should be tried, convicted and sentenced.

In short he is advocating this lying deceitful homosexual woman is rewarded for dishonesty and that dishonesty is admirable criteria for the teaching profession – in fact to question this dishonest homosexual's behaviour is religious bigotry. One hopes that Brian S will become a little more enlightened with regard to the law and if he ever becomes the victim of crime - God forbid - he might have more understanding. Hope springs eternal!
Meantime the poor Church is to blame for this woman's dishonesty!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:36AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

According to Brian S:
Hate is alive and well in the Catholic Church...and in all fundamentalist religions. Jesus wouldn't be real exicted about hanging around with this bunch. Start taxing them...now! At least then they will have to contribute to the general welfare of all other human beings. As for the woman's "disnonesty"...was she adept at doing her job? If so, then she should be allowed to continue working and that ridiculous accommodation of religious bigotry in the law should be struck down and those perpetration hate against any minority should be tried, convicted and sentenced.

In short he is advocating this lying deceitful homosexual woman is rewarded for dishonesty and that dishonesty is admiarble criteria for the teaching profession - infact to question this dishonest homosexual's behaviour is religious bigotry. One hopes that Brian S will become a little more enlightened with regard to the law and if he ever becomes the victim of crime - God forbid - he might have more understanding. Hope springs eternal!
Meantime the poor Church is to blame for this woman's dishonesty!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:00AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Kasia Y says "If this woman is fired then those religious persons responsible should be publically executed. People are fed up with religious hate and intolerance. It's time to shut down religion."

In short Kasia Y feels religion should be shut down but not until this lying deceitful homosexual woman is rewarded for dishonesty. Unbelievable!

8:05PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Kasia Y. wants to execute people for being religiously intolerant.

What a lovely expression of tolerance!

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