Nikki Williams is a lesbian teacher and basketball coach alleging discrimination against Life School Waxahachie for her termination after the administrators learned her sexual orientation, reports the Dallas Voice.
Life School is a group of charter schools in North Texas with Brent Wilson as the executive superintendent. A Texas charter school is a new type of school that began forming in after 1995, reports Texas Education Agency.
Teacher Nikki Williams alleges that she was fired abruptly after her fiance Jen DeSaegher began showing up to the school's volleyball games, reports the Dallas Voice.
Life School Superintendent Brent Wilson responded to some of the allegations in a letter addressed to the charter school's stakeholders. He writes: "I would like to let all of our stakeholders know Life School does not engage in nor condone any discrimination in its employment practices. The former employee's gender preference had no impact on Life School's decision to terminate employment."
As many people are aware, there is currently no federal law that explicitly bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The closest law to date on the subject was proposed in 2009. It was called ENDA: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009. Although a version of it has been proposed since 1994, it hasn't yet become law.
Without federal legal protection, LGBT people are reliant on the labor laws passed by their individual states. However, in 29 states, it is still legal to fire someone solely because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual, reports Human Rights Campaign. Texas is one of those states where there is no law to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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