This is bullshiz and as a society, we shoudn't tolerate it!
Mitch Stein, a California high school water-polo assistant coach, was fired a few weeks ago because of his sexual orientation.
Now, the former coach is giving the Charter Oak Unified School District EXACTLY what they deserve and has slapped them back with a discrimination lawsuit!
According to officials at the Whittier area school, Mitch was not fired because he was gay, but because he posted "offensive" photos on Facebook.
Oh that makes sense. Must have been some pretty bad photos then, right? Drinking? Drug use? Peen pics?
Nope! The photos in question were one of himself about to eat a corndog and another posing with a pair of drag queens.
The matter was brought to attention after the principle received an anonymous letter complaining about said photos and the cowardly author threatened to go to the school board if Mitch was not fired.
Mitch promised to have the pictures removed, but the damage was done and he was fired as a result.
"The reaction to that letter, in my opinion, was homophobic," the former coach said.
During a meeting the next day with Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Mitch was courteously reminded his termination was not due to his sexual orientation, but because of the allegedly offensive photos.
The mention of his homosexuality in the meeting tipped off attorney Brad Kane on the validity of the discrimination suit, explaining:
"When someone tells you 'Oh, by the way, we're not doing it because you're gay,' there's some question. It appears to be at this stage sexual-orientation-based discrimination."
Parents of students on Mitch's water polo team wrote letters of support for him to the school district. One parent, Kim Cory, calls him a "fabulous coach" who was very involved with his team. In fact, he even applied and received a grant for the team from Kohl's department stores.
As for those photos? She calls them "dumb", but emphasized they were NOT offensive and no grounds for termination.
A father who supported Mitch believes the photos shouldn't have been posted, but "the punishment doesn't fit the crime"
"Mitch shouldn't have had them up is what it amounts to," he said. "(But) poor taste in my opinion is not a reason to get fired. It's more of a reason for discipline."
So true! We wish Mitch the best of luck in his lawsuit and hope he gets the compensation he deserves!
[Image via Watchara Phomicinda/Whittier Daily News.]
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