Lucia McQuaide, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Archdiocese of Columbus, will not reinstate Carla Hale.
Hale was recently fired from Bishop Watterson High School for disclosing a relationship with a female partner in her mother’s obituary.
Hale says she was discriminated against for being gay. Her diocese says she was fired for being in a “quasi-spousal relationship” outside of marriage, which they say violates a lifestyle contract signed by all teachers in the district.
McQuaide sent Hale a letter to say she will not reinstate her to her former position.
Last month her union announced that they will not support Hale in her quest to get her job back.
In a press release, Thomas Tootle, Hale’s lawyer says this was just another step that had to be taken before they take the issue before a mediator.
Thomas Tootle, Hale’s attorney, stated “seeking reinstatement from the Superintendent is one more step in a process that we must exhaust before we can bring this matter to a meaningful resolution before a neutral arbitrator.” The contract between the Diocese and the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators (COACE) gives Hale two weeks to request binding arbitration.
Hale has also filed a complaint with the Columbus Community Relations Commission, siting a city anti-discrimination ordinance.
In the statement, Hale said this was the first time she’d missed a graduation ceremony in 19 years.