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Teacher to sue after she is fired over premarital sex
Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 8, 2010 | Anika Myers Palm

Posted on 06/09/2010 10:00:05 AM PDT by inflorida

Fourth-grade teacher Jarretta Hamilton was newly married and expecting a baby when she went to speak with her supervisors in April of last year.

But the administrators at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud parried her query about maternity leave with a query of their own: When did she conceive?

After Hamilton admitted that her child had been conceived about three weeks before her February 20, 2009, wedding, the school fired her.

Now she's suing in federal court.

"She wants compensation for the loss of the job, and she's seeking compensatory damages for emotional distress," said Edward Gay, Hamilton's attorney who filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Orlando.

In the complaint, which asks for a trial by jury, Hamilton alleges her termination was based on the fact of her pregnancy — and that the school offended her by disclosing the information about when she conceived to other school staffers and the parents of students Hamilton taught during the 2008-2009 school year.

Hamilton did not authorize the school to reveal that information, according to the complaint.

She also tried to keep the matter from getting to this point, Gay said. She filed discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations, but has since exhausted her options.

A July 20, 2009, letter signed by school administrator Julie Ennis explains why the school's administrators thought they had to fire Hamilton:

"Jarretta was asked not to return because of a moral issue that was disregarded, namely fornication, sex outside of marriage," the letter reads. "The employment application, which she filled out, clearly states that as a leader before our students we require all teachers to maintain and communicate the values and purpose of our school."

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1 posted on 06/09/2010 10:00:07 AM PDT by inflorida
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She just might have signed a contract about moral violations, given the nature of her employment. (Not that I don't think she was treated uncharitably.)

2 posted on 06/09/2010 10:02:22 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: inflorida

Just where did she think she was employed? Boulder High?


3 posted on 06/09/2010 10:03:19 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: inflorida

Why did she admit that?

That was her mistake.

When she conceived is nobody’s business.


4 posted on 06/09/2010 10:04:22 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: inflorida

Of course the school did the right thing. In fact, they should have all non married applicants have their virginity verified before employment! < /Sarc>


5 posted on 06/09/2010 10:04:33 AM PDT by TnGOP (Petey the dog is my foriegn policy advisor. He's really quite good!)
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To: inflorida

“Teacher to Sue Employer for Expecting Her to Abide by Her Employment Contract.”

But it was tacky of the school to ask. Much better to leave it alone and pretend the baby’s premature.


6 posted on 06/09/2010 10:04:59 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: inflorida

Isn’t this a private school in a non-union state?

Pretty much fire anyone for any reason. or no reason.


7 posted on 06/09/2010 10:05:02 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: inflorida
In the complaint, which asks for a trial by jury, Hamilton alleges her termination was based on the fact of her pregnancy — and that the school offended her by disclosing the information about when she conceived to other school staffers and the parents of students Hamilton taught during the 2008-2009 school year. Hamilton did not authorize the school to reveal that information, according to the complaint.

Firing her is one thing, revealing private medical information is another.

8 posted on 06/09/2010 10:05:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: TnGOP

That should be their choice.


9 posted on 06/09/2010 10:05:46 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: inflorida

The question has a medical connotation to it, they had no right to ask it under HPAA laws. They just handed her a big payday.


10 posted on 06/09/2010 10:05:53 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: inflorida

Glad to see a school, Christian or otherwise, stand up for what is right. I applaud this school and its principal.


11 posted on 06/09/2010 10:06:10 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: inflorida

Their private school, their rules. I’m sure she signed a moral agreement. She is a teacher, so she should no better. Sounds like the teacher was being dishonest.

I hope she loses the lawsuit.


12 posted on 06/09/2010 10:06:24 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: inflorida

Waiting for the flood of idiots to come onto the post complaining about how evil a private, Christian school is for holding its employees to certain moral standards.


13 posted on 06/09/2010 10:06:42 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: domenad
A big payday for a lawyer or two, that's for sure.

14 posted on 06/09/2010 10:07:46 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: inflorida

sad story. Sorry to see this sort of thing happen.


15 posted on 06/09/2010 10:08:40 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: inflorida

The school is in trouble.


16 posted on 06/09/2010 10:08:42 AM PDT by fso301
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To: inflorida

17 posted on 06/09/2010 10:08:44 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: inflorida

It sounds like the legal issue is that the school released private information to the public.


18 posted on 06/09/2010 10:09:26 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: inflorida

>> administrators at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud parried her query about maternity leave with a query of their own: When did she conceive?

The correct answer is “Mind your own damn business.”

She actually may have a good case for revealing medical information without authorization. The firing may be a different story legally ... but the school’s behavior here is hardly exemplary.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

SnakeDoc


19 posted on 06/09/2010 10:10:05 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Shut it down" ... 00:00:03 ... 00:00:02 ... 00:00:01 ... 00:00:00.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Oh please enlighten us as to what “christian” principal was upheld here.

Really wish these institutions acted so swiftly when their teachers are caught screwing around with their students.


20 posted on 06/09/2010 10:10:23 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Uh-oh.

21 posted on 06/09/2010 10:10:52 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: inflorida
"Jarretta was asked not to return because of a moral issue that was disregarded, namely fornication, sex outside of marriage," the letter reads. "The employment application, which she filled out, clearly states that as a leader before our students we require all teachers to maintain and communicate the values and purpose of our school."

The letter declares that sex outside of marriage is immoral and that other pregnant teachers have been able to remain employed with the school because they conceived within marriage.

"We request that Jarretta withdraw her complaint and consider the testimony of the Lord," closed the letter.

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22 posted on 06/09/2010 10:11:22 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: inflorida

She should have just said it was the honeymoon night. Close enough.


23 posted on 06/09/2010 10:11:37 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

It’s right wing extremism to the core. This is the kind of BS that turns people off from the party.


24 posted on 06/09/2010 10:11:40 AM PDT by Stayfrosty
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To: inflorida

ahhh my old hometown of st cloud fla...was a nice quaint little cow town but has been taken over by the hispanic community like kissimmee and orlando areas....

all the big ranching families moved out to other states years ago....


25 posted on 06/09/2010 10:12:36 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Excuse me Mary, when did you conceive that child?


26 posted on 06/09/2010 10:13:00 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: VanDeKoik
Oh please enlighten us as to what “christian” principal was upheld here.

The biblical injunction against fornication, ya think? Seriously, dude, this isn't rocket surgery...

Really wish these institutions acted so swiftly when their teachers are caught screwing around with their students.

Haven't heard of that sort of thing being slowballed in one of these Christian schools. I think you're thinking of the public schools.

27 posted on 06/09/2010 10:13:14 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: bgill

It is no ones business period. I am tired of man acting like god and being the decider and judge. Rediculous. No ones business what goes on in the bedroom unless it is illegal, with a minor, or someone’s life was in danger.


28 posted on 06/09/2010 10:13:22 AM PDT by Stayfrosty
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It is so unfair that people can count to nine months. Ban calendars and arrest people who teach that evil disgusting skill of counting so people can keep unwed pregnancy a secret..

The statement in bold, I will point out is an absolute and unavoidable requirement to achieve what you posted. Private medical information indeed.

29 posted on 06/09/2010 10:13:36 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: inflorida

How judgemental of them...


30 posted on 06/09/2010 10:13:40 AM PDT by Professional
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Glad to see a school, Christian or otherwise, stand up for what is right.

So, it's right that they told the parents of her students that she did this?

Who benefits from that?

31 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:07 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: inflorida

Hey Jaretta, file this one under “to bad, so sad”.


32 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:18 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Stayfrosty
It’s right wing extremism to the core. This is the kind of BS that turns people off from the party.

Dude, I know - actually having principles and sticking by them, drives people away, we'll never get anywhere with that.

Moron.

33 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:28 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: MrEdd

sounds christian-talibanish to me.


34 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:31 AM PDT by Stayfrosty
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To: Stayfrosty
It’s right wing extremism to the core. This is the kind of BS that turns people off from the party.

And Christianity.

35 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:39 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: inflorida

So she signed the contract AFTER she was pregnant. HMMM


36 posted on 06/09/2010 10:14:44 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: inflorida

One of my cousins was born 6.5 months after aunt & uncle were married. Aunt always maintained he was “premature.” I prefer to think he had a front row seat at his parents’ wedding. 8~D


37 posted on 06/09/2010 10:15:05 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

and I’m sure you have never had premarital sex yourself. *rolls my eyes* get a life.


38 posted on 06/09/2010 10:15:11 AM PDT by Stayfrosty
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To: inflorida

So what exactly is the moral lesson here, abort before anyone finds out?


39 posted on 06/09/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MrEdd
Ban calendars and arrest people who teach that evil disgusting skill of counting so people can keep unwed pregnancy a secret..

Three weeks ain't countable.

She could easily have said she was pure as the driven snow when she got married, and no mathematics could have proved otherwise.

All I'm saying is that there are laws against revealing medical information, and this would count.

40 posted on 06/09/2010 10:16:29 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Stayfrosty
and I’m sure you have never had premarital sex yourself. *rolls my eyes* get a life.

Actually, I didn't. I waited until I got married.

Which brings up a couple more questions like:

1) Why do idiots such as yourself seem to want to go out of your way to bash people who actually abide by moral standards that they declare for themselves (i.e. aren't hypocrites), and

2) What business is it of yours if a private, Christian academy likewise acts in a way that affirms the standards it sets for itself (i.e. isn't hypocritical)?

41 posted on 06/09/2010 10:17:07 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: VanDeKoik
Oh please enlighten us as to what “christian” principal was upheld here.

1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

42 posted on 06/09/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

You’re going to break that self-righteous arm of yours patting yourself in the back so much in public!


43 posted on 06/09/2010 10:17:55 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I believe masturbation falls under the same morality code as pre-marital sex.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.


44 posted on 06/09/2010 10:18:14 AM PDT by texan75010
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

The release of private information does not seem authorized. The school may have a problem on this issue.

The school’s policy is stupid in this situation. She may win her case because of the pregnancy. She will at least have the sympathy of the jury.


45 posted on 06/09/2010 10:18:23 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: inflorida

Amazing how employers should be free to do what they want for their business until it comes to a Christian school.


46 posted on 06/09/2010 10:18:31 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: texan75010
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Sorry bub, but Jesus was talking about salvation, not signing a legally binding contract stating that you were going to abide by certain standards.

What is it about standards that seems to drive the lawless so bonkers?

47 posted on 06/09/2010 10:19:15 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Sounds like she wasn't a good fit for a job in that place, doesn't it? (This doesn't sound like a school where I would want my kids enrolled, by the way. A bit cold-blooded for me. The race angle is also of interest.) But legally, it looks like fault on both sides in this case.

48 posted on 06/09/2010 10:19:39 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Good thing Mary didn’t work for an employer like this.


49 posted on 06/09/2010 10:19:46 AM PDT by DryFly
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Yes, it is amazing the number of idiots on here who will chastise a Christian school for maintaining Christian values.


50 posted on 06/09/2010 10:19:52 AM PDT by MBB1984
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