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U.S: Lesbian couple sues prison system for workplace discrimination

A lesbian couple who worked in the Michigan prison system for decades is suing the state, claiming prison officials failed to do anything to protect them from years of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The couple, the lawsuit claims, faced harassment, discrimination and retaliation daily for not fitting into the standard mold of a state prison employee – being a heterosexual white man.

“[Michelle] (Woods) has, on countless occasions, been referred to as a ‘dyke,’ … has been told that ‘Stanley Steamer has nothing on you,’ and has had a beaver and a taco put as the desktop background on her computer,” according to the lawsuit.

Woods would later be reprimanded for various violations she had no knowledge of committing, the lawsuit claims. She was spied on by a higher ranking officer and was denied consideration for a promotion by officials who said she needed to learn to “play the game,” the lawsuit alleges.

[Loretta] Smith, who also works for MDOC, claims she was demoted to working the midnight shift in retaliation for complaining about the hostile work environment.

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U.S: Lesbian Teacher Who Was Suspended Reaches $100,000 Settlement

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In August 2017, Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade class with a slide show of her childhood, parents, friends and family.

Included in the mix was a photo of her with her partner, Julie Vasquez, who Ms. Bailey explained at the time was her future wife. They were dressed as “Dory” and “Nemo” from the movie “Finding Nemo.”

The presentation touched off a complaint from a parent that Ms. Bailey was “promoting the homosexual agenda.” Ms. Bailey was suspended for eight months from the public school, where she had taught for 10 years and had twice been voted Teacher of the Year.

This week, more than two years later, the Mansfield Independent School District agreed to pay Ms. Bailey $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that she had filed accusing the district of discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/
2020/02/27/us/stacy-bailey-mansfield-teacher.html
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U.K. study – sounding lesbian affects employment

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New research provides evidence that having a gay- or lesbian-sounding voice can have tangible consequences on a person’s job prospects. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, indicates that discrimination based on one’s voice may be particularly harmful for women perceived as lesbian.

“Voice is a minimal cue that people use, consciously or unconsciously, to make inferences about others. Stereotypes about voice exist too. I am therefore interested in examining how minimal cues such as voice can affect listeners’ perception and discrimination,” said study author Fabio Fasoli, a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Surrey.

“Gaydar is usually defined as the ability to correctly guess who is gay and who is heterosexual from such minimal clues. As a consequence of gaydar, discrimination can occur when sexual orientation is inferred from a person’s behavior during the hiring process,” the researchers wrote in their study.

The researchers found that gay-sounding men and especially lesbian-sounding women were viewed as less competent than their heterosexual-sounding counterparts, which in turn was associated with them being rated as less suitable for jobs and ranked lower in employability. Contrary to expectations, lesbian-sounding women did not have an advantage when applying to stereotypically masculine job positions.

“A stereotype about ‘gay voice’ exists and affects people’s impression and reactions. Voice can thus lead to subtle forms of discrimination in the hiring process. Although there is not a shared stereotype about the ‘lesbian voice,’ women who sound ‘lesbian’ are at higher risk of discrimination,” Fasoli told PsyPost.

Continue reading at: https://www.psypost.org/2020/02/study-suggests-lesbian-sounding-women-face-greater-gaydar-discrimination-in-hiring-than-men-55454? (Source)

Study: A Leader Doesn’t Sound Lesbian!: The Impact of Sexual Orientation Vocal Cues on Heterosexual Persons’ First Impression and Hiring Decision

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

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A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)

Australia: Allegations of “lesbian mafia” unfounded

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An independent panel has found there was no bias or agenda behind the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as Matildas coach and dispelled the notion that a “lesbian mafia” wanted him out of the job.

“The panel was unable to uncover any evidence supporting the existence of any formal ‘lesbian mafia’ or that the decision to terminate the Matildas head coach contract was driven by personal bias against Mr Stajcic or in pursuit of other agendas,” the report said.

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/more-sports/no-evidence-of-lesbian-mafia-plot-against-stajcic-report-finds/ar-BBY8vFC?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=iehp (source)

U.S: Lesbian music teacher outed to her bosses and then fired

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On October 2, administrators at Covenant Christian School in Palm Beach, Florida, summoned part-time musical theater teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro to tell her that someone had anonymously called the school accuse her of being in a relationship with a woman, attending a Pride festival, and hosting an LGBTQ group in her private acting studio.

“Well, it’s true,” Lisciandro replied. Soon after, the school fired her even though she had taught there for the last three years and was in the middle of directing the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The school then informed parents via letter that she’d no longer be teaching due to “personal reasons.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/musical-theater-teacher-outed-bosses-fired-immediately/
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Chile: Lesbian sues University of Las Americas for lesbophobic harassment and dismissal

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A professional and faculty head filed a lawsuit against the University of Las Americas (UDLA) for harassment and dismissal due to her sexual orientation.

With the sponsorship of the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), they detailed that “the affected woman had entered the UDLA to work in 2013 and a year later she assumed a role as faculty head for one of her areas. Her performance was always evaluated positively, until she confided to one of her superiors that she was a lesbian”.

Movilh’s lawyer, Monica Arias, said that “due to rumours among few colleagues regarding her sexual orientation, in March 2018 the professional decided to have a confidential conversation with one of her direct heads”.

In relation to this, Arias added that “in this conversation, the boss assured her total discretion, so the professional acknowledged being a lesbian and asked that it not be disclosed. The next day, the personal life of the woman became the knowledge of a large part of university officials”.

In addition she started experiencing “hostile treatment and harassment” from her boss, which meant for the first time receiving poor performance reviews and being undermined publicly. The lawsuit indicates that, among others, the boss said to the woman that “you are not fit for the position, which is obvious given your condition which we all know”.

The facts were communicated in May 2019 to one of the university deans, who promised to investigate and resolve what happened, but that never happened. On the contrary, the woman ended up being fired weeks later for “business needs” reasons.
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Una profesional y directora de carrera presentó en tribunales una demanda contra la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) por hostigamiento y despido en razón de su orientación sexual.

Con el patrocinio del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), detallaron que “la afectada había ingresado a trabajar a la UDLA en 2013 y un año más tarde asumió como directora de una de sus carreras. Su desempeño siempre tuvo buenas evaluaciones, hasta que le confidenció a una de sus superiores que era lesbiana”.

La abogada del Movilh, Mónica Arias, dijo que “debido a rumores entre pocos colegas referentes a su orientación sexual, en marzo de 2018 la profesional decidió mantener una conversación de carácter confidencial con una de sus jefas directas”.

En ese sentido, Arias agregó que “en dicha conversación, la jefa aseguró total discreción, por lo que la profesional reconoció ser lesbiana y pidió que ello no fuese divulgado. Al día siguiente, la vida personal de la profesional pasó a ser conocimiento de una gran parte de los funcionarios de la universidad”.

A ello se añadió un “trato hostil y de acoso laboral” por parte de su superior, lo que signifco en obtener por primera vez bajas calificaciones por su desempeño y en menoscabos públicos. En la demanda se indica que, entre otros, la jefa señaló a la profesional que “tú no eres apta para el cargo, lo que es obvio dada tu condición que todos sabemos”.

Los hechos fueron comunicados en mayo del 2019 a uno de los decanos, quien se comprometió a investigar y solucionar lo ocurrido. Pero eso jamás ocurrió. Por el contrario, la mujer terminó siendo despedida semanas después por “necesidades de la empresa”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/08/directora-de-carrera-demanda-a-universidad-de-las-americas-por-lesbofobia/ (Source)

U.S: Woman’s Dream Job Teaching Rescinded Because She’s a Lesbian

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Lauren White had long dreamed of becoming a teacher, and despite not holding a degree in education, it looked like she was about to see that dream come true. Then it was pulled away at the last minutes, because White is engaged to another woman.

Continue reading: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-teacher-job-rescinded-illinois-catholic-school/09/2019/ (source)

USA: teacher sues for being fired because she’s lesbian

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Clare Public Schools is being sued in federal court by a former adult education teacher who says she was fired because she’s a lesbian.

Julie Mayra, hired by the district sometime around August 2012, said she had a great working relationship with her colleagues — including being promoted to a full-time position — until the district hired a new superintendent and principal for the 2016-07 academic year. Then, according to her complaint filed in federal court, things slid rapidly.

In particular, Georgette Kelley, the new principal, began to target Mayra, according to the court record. Kelley is a devout Pentecostal Christian who is vocal about her opposition to homosexuals.

Kelley is no longer listed on the Clare Public Schools website as employed there.

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Update: Lesbian Police Couple Lose Discrimination Claim against Australian Federal Police

Emma-Kate McPherson , left, and her partner Kathryn Lee Richens at the Federal Court on Monday.

An Australian Federal Police officer has lost her discrimination claim after the force repeatedly denied her transfer requests to the same city as her same-sex partner.

Detective Sergeant Kathryn Richens and Senior Constable Emma-Kate McPherson began a relationship in 2013 while based in Canberra and Brisbane.

The couple claimed that despite the repeated transfer requests they were told their case is not the same as that of a heterosexual couple, the AAP reported.

In a 2013 letter, they said they were informed that their “circumstances are not comparative to the co-location of heterosexuals who meet genuine compassionate reasons” and that their living apart was “not the AFP’s problem”.

Continue reading: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/national-news/australian-federal-police-officer-same-sex-discrimination-case-loses-partner-transfer/185235 (source)

Original Story: Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

Pasaia, Spain: Lesbian fired for wanting to be a mother

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The LAB union has denounced on Thursday the discriminatory situation that, in their opinion, a lesbian woman in Pasaia suffered from. According to a statement in a media release, a local bar has fired a woman “for wanting to be a mother.” The union explains that “since the company knew two of its workers were a couple, the relationship has been going wrong.” Thus, according to the union, “a few weeks ago, knowing that one of them was undergoing a fertility treatment, they have fired the other worker.”
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El sindicato LAB ha denunciado este jueves la situación discriminatoria que, a su entender, está padeciendo una mujer lesbiana en Pasaia. Según señalan en un comunicado, un bar de la localidad ha despedido a una mujer «por querer ser madre». El sindicato explica que «desde que la empresa supo dos de sus trabajadoras eran pareja, la relación ha ido torciéndose». Así, según la central, «hace unas semanas, a sabiendas de que una de ellas se estaba sometiendo a un tratamiento de fertilidad, han despedido a la otra trabajadora».
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Continue reading at: https://www.diariovasco.com/oarsoaldea/pasaia/lab-denuncia-pasaia-despide-lesbiana-camarera-20190321185819-nt.html(Source)

 

U.S: Teacher harassed for being a lesbian

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A former Virginia teacher is suing a school district, saying she was repeatedly harassed for being a lesbian and was told to “be more feminine” by administrators.
She said she was told to wear skirts, get bangs, and be more feminine in order to be “less intimidating as a person.”

Continue reading at: https://www.thisisinsider.com/virginia-teacher-dina-persico-claims-she-was-harassed-for-being-lesbian-2019-2 (source)

U.K: Lesbian told, by her boss, to keep her sexuality quiet wins sex discrimination case

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A lesbian told to keep her sexuality secret has won a sex discrimination case against the boss who told her to stay in the closet.
Ashleigh McMahon, a quality control manager at a firm in Lancashire, was told to keep quiet as the company ‘did not have any other gay people working for it’.

Continue reading at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6615033/Lesbian-told-sexuality-quiet-no-gay-people-work.html (source)

Mallorca, Spain: lesbian speaks out against harassment and violence from police colleagues

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She is a policewoman by vocation and she will remain so for life, despite the fact that she has requested a leave of absence and plans to leave the corps because “the police that are in my head and in my heart do not exist”. Sonia Vivas suffered for years of humiliating treatment for her status as a woman and lesbian, according to a ruling of the Provincial Court of Palma, which sentenced two of her colleagues to prison.

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Es policía por vocación y lo seguirá siendo toda la vida, a pesar de que ha pedido una excedencia y se plantea abandonar el Cuerpo porque “la Policía que está en mi cabeza y en mi corazón no existe”. Sonia Vivas sufrió durante años trato vejatorio por su condición de mujer y lesbiana, según ratificó una sentencia de la Audiencia Provincial de Palma, que condenó a prisión a dos de sus compañeros.

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Arizona, US: Lesbian alleges discrimination by Phoenix Chili’s restaurant

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Meagan Hunter worked at a north Phoenix Chili’s restaurant for two years. In that time, she said her bosses praised her constantly and even recommended her for a promotion. After going to training for that new position, however, she said everything changed. “To succeed in this company, I (was told) I would have to dress more gender appropriate,” Hunter told Arizona’s Family. Hunter is a lesbian and said a boss told her she needed to dress more feminine if she truly wanted the promotion.

Continue reading at: https://www.azfamily.com/news/lesbian-alleges-discrimination-by-phoenix-chili-s-restaurant-over-dress/article_79009d9e-19f0-11e9-8592-a7547b5b7626.html (Source)

 

U.S: Lesbian correctional officer alleges harassment at Allegheny County Jail

Male correctional officers and supervisors participated in “sexist and homophobic displays” that included discussions about the “sexual prowess” of female correctional officers, how women who are raped “really want it to happen,” and how women can’t defend themselves, “especially when they’re hit,” correctional officer Nicole Jones, 28, of Dormont alleges in the 12-page complaint.

Ms. Jones, who is gay, said her colleagues regularly spoke about how she wanted to “be a man and take testosterone.”

Continue reading at: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/12/21/Allegheny-County-Jail-correctional-officer-harassment-discrimination-complaint/stories/201812210100 (source)

Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

Emma-Kate McPherson , left, and her partner Kathryn Lee Richens at the Federal Court on Monday.

An Australian Federal Police detective’s career was ruined after she and another female officer were referred to as a “two for one” deal, in meetings to decide job postings, because of their same-sex relationship, a court has heard.

Continue reading at: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/
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Update: Update: Lesbian Police Couple Lose Discrimination Claim against Australian Federal police

Canada: Lesbian couple driven out of workplace for being ‘too gay’

A lesbian couple says they were driven out of their jobs as paramedics and firefighters in a small Alberta town for being “too gay.”
Sheri and Alyssa Monk say they were discriminated against and expected to follow different rules than their heterosexual colleagues, saying they were told not to talk about their personal lives at work and that the word “wife” was off limits.

Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
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U.S: Guidance counsellor may lose job after Catholic school learns she has a wife

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A guidance counsellor at an Indianapolis Catholic school has been placed on administrative leave after school officials discovered she was married to a woman.
Shelley Fitzgerald has worked at Roncalli High School, which is run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for 15 years and has been with her now-wife for 22 years.
Fitzgerald said school administrators gave her an ultimatum: resign or “dissolve” her marriage.

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/guidance-counselor-may-lose-job-after-catholic-school-learns-she-n900401  (source)

Columbus, USA: lesbian couple files discrimination suit against Columbus Urban League

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Two Columbus women say a local organization aimed at ending discrimination, fired them for being gay.

The couple worked at the Columbus Urban League and says shortly after management learned they were dating, they were both fired.

Wednesday they filed a federal discrimination lawsuit. The Urban League calls the allegations “bogus” and “absurd.”

Continue reading at: https://www.10tv.com/article/same-sex-couple-files-discrimination-suit-against-columbus-urban-league (Source)