According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Stein and his attorney are charging the school district with “discrimination based upon sexual orientation” and “wrongful termination in violation of public policy.” They claim that straight teachers who have posted questionable photos of themselves have not been fired and that other, more serious breaches of appropriate behavior have gone unpunished.
School and district administrators refuse to comment on a “personnel matter,” but they insist they have done nothing wrong and have no intention of changing their position.
The only way Stein can clear his name is to take the district to court. His fight is not about the money. The Los Angeles Times says he has “a lucrative and flexible job as a producer in the TV industry.” The lawsuit is about the treatment he and many other LGBT teachers endure because anti-gay sentiment is still so widespread.
For him to quietly accept the district’s unfair dismissal would send the wrong message to his daughter. It would also encourage those who continue to think the kind of blatant and ongoing discrimination experienced by LGBT people is acceptable.
Those of you who have read some of my previous posts on LGBT issues know where I stand on this. My granddaughter has two mothers. The thought that either of them or their daughter should ever have to endure this kind of unfair smearing is appalling to me.
It is the Mitch Steins of the world, who refuse to take on the ugly mantle tossed their way, who will clear away the vestiges of intolerance so that LGBT people can be judged by what actually matters, the quality of their character.
Watch this video of Mitch Stein talking about his dismissal with students at Citrus College, then weigh in on the issue, and sign the petition below.
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