Protesters Rally Against School’s Firing Of Pregnant Lesbian Teacher
A group of Michigan residents are reportedly in an uproar over the firing of a pregnant lesbian teacher from an all-girls Catholic high school.
An all-girls Catholic high school in Bloomfield, Michigan fired 9-year teaching veteran Barb Webb after Webb announced that she was pregnant.
Webb says that while she wasn’t told exactly why she was canned, the timing of the termination came suspiciously soon after she informed Marian High School administrators that she was pregnant, and that she and her long term partner were planning on raising the child together.
According to HuffPo, discriminating against pregnant employees is a legal no-go, but many religious schools have tried to circumvent that by forcing their employees to sign a “morality clause,” which is actually just a workaround that allows religious schools and organizations to discriminate against people and say that it’s legally defensible because that’s how an invisible man in the sky would have wanted it.
Students, alumnae, and followers of news aren’t happy. A petition to reinstate Webb to her position as chemistry teacher and volleyball coach has garnered more than 2,000 signatures, and a Facebook group in support of Webb boasts more than 4,000 members, many of whom are alumnae and parents.
Do you think the school was wrong for firing this teacher? Or do you think it should have been expected, considering the fact that this was an all-girls Catholic school?