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Federal appeals court upholds termination of anti-gay human resources administrator

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the University of Toledo’s decision to fire a high-level human resources administrator, who wrote a newspaper opinion column challenging the idea that LGBT people deserve the same civil rights protections as members of racial minority groups.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court ruled that Crystal Dixon’s column “contradicted the very policies she was charged with creating, promoting, and enforcing, and cannot be excused as merely a statement of her own views as a private citizen.”

Crystal Dixon

The court upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

Dixon, who had been the University’s interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources, wrote the essay published in the Toledo Free Press in April 2008 in which she took aim at LGBT people.

Dixon wrote that she was greatly offended that “those person who choose the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’” adding that she “cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman” because she is biologically and genetically such “as my creator intended.”

But, she said, “daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle” with the help of groups such as Exodus International, which claim to be able to help people overcome homosexual desires.

In her lawsuit, Dixon charged that the university’s decision to terminate her violated her constitutional rights. She accused the university administration of violating her First Amendment rights by retaliating against her for her speech.

She also claimed that her 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law was violated by punishing her for expressing her views on homosexuality while other university employees were allowed to state views on homosexuality that the administration favored.

In upholding the dismissal of Dixon’s lawsuit, the appeals panel noted that she in fact differed from other university employees cited in her equal protection claim in that “her speech, and not theirs, contradicted university policies.”

The court ruled that Dixon’s essay “spoke on policy issues related directly to her position at the university,” and the government’s interests as an employer outweighed her free-speech interests in the dispute.

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  1. That’s great news!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:46pm
  2. Glad to see she was held accountable. Amazing she’d be suing that her constitutional rights were being infringed on, but not get the message in any way, shape or form she was violating others’ rights. Mind boggling how some justify ignorance and bigotry. Will share this.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:48pm
  3. They got it right your still gone

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:57pm
  4. Try and get another job now! LOLOLOLOL!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:17pm
  5. I work for an HR Consulting firm and have been following this story. It caused an interesting and lively debate in the office. Nice to know there is a resolution.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:54pm
  6. Enjoy your unemployment Crystal Dixon…maybe now you can work for Romney!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:59pm
  7. Maybe i am reading this wrong but isnt she standing up for LGBTI in her article??? If so why are so many happy about her firing? It is true we are victims of heing treated unfarely and our civil rights are being infringed upon.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 4:05pm
  8. Amber you must have missed the parts…
    “..Dixon, who had been the University’s interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources, wrote the essay published in the Toledo Free Press in April 2008 in which she took aim at LGBT people.

    Dixon wrote that she was greatly offended that “those person who choose the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’” adding that she “cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman” because she is biologically and genetically such “as my creator intended.”

    But, she said, “daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle” with the help of groups such as Exodus International, which claim to be able to help people overcome homosexual desires.”

    yes thats the nasty group Exodus International that does conversion therapy and needs to be outlawed..
    Conversion therapy – sometimes known as reparative or “sexual reorientation” therapy – is a dangerous practice based on the premise that people can change their sexual orientation, literally “converting” from gay to straight. Conversion therapy has been discredited or highly criticized by virtually all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations.
    more info at http://www.splcenter.org/conversion-therapy

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 4:29pm
  9. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 5:10pm
  10. Good riddance

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 5:25pm
  11. C YA BIATCH!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:51pm
  12. Hate sure is falling out of fashion.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:11pm