A former football coach at Livermore Valley Charter Prep High School is suing the school for wrongful termination due to discrimination based on the fact that he was openly gay. According to the lawsuit, Burke Wallace claims his supervisors discriminated against him once he mentioned that he had a husband.
Wallace is suing the school, the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation and various John Does in the lawsuit. The suit claims that Wallace was not secretive about his sexual orientation and that many parents and administrators objected to him coaching the football team. Allegedly, Wallace’s supervisors even commented on his orientation openly and said it was a “bad idea to have a gay football coach.”
Wallace claims he was forced to leave his teaching job and was wrongfully terminated from his coaching position as a result of harassment due to his sexual orientation. He is suing for discrimination and harassment, failure to prevent discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.
What are my Rights If I’m Being Discriminated Against at Work?
Harassment or discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation is illegal in California, and victims of this harassment are protected under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). If an employee believes they are being discriminated against at work and have tried to address it internally with their employer but nothing has been done, a claim must be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to enforce the protection of FEHA. An experienced labor law attorney can help you determine your rights and help you file a claim. Our Los Angeles employment attorneys are here to help you if you are experiencing discrimination at work. Schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers by calling us at (310) 273-3180.
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