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Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett, 43, said he landed his dream job when Fontbonne Academy in Milton hired him as food services director last July.

Barrett says the offer was rescinded two days later when the head of school realized Barrett had listed his spouse as his emergency contact.

“If I’m planning and making meals for students, I’m not sure what my being gay has to do with the job,” said Barrett.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which is representing Barrett in the complaint filed Thursday, says the school violated state anti-discrimination laws.

“Religiously affiliated entities do not have a free pass to do as they please in how they treat employees, particularly when it comes to our important laws against discrimination,” said Bennett Klein, GLAD Senior Attorney.

“Our laws carefully balance the important values of religious liberty and non-discrimination,” said Klein, in a statement. When Fontbonne Academy fired Matt from a job that has nothing to do with religion, they came down on the wrong side of the law.”

Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls high school, released a statement to The Boston Globe saying it does not comment on personnel matters or on pending or threatened litigation.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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