Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Archdiocese Must Go To Trial On Teacher's Hostile Work Environment Claims
In Bohnert v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, (ND CA, Sept. 25, 2015), a California federal district court refused to dismiss a hostile work environment and emotional distress suit by by a former biology teacher in a boys' Catholic high school. As described by the court, male students at the school sexually harassed the teacher, including disseminating several "upskirt" photos and videos of her. In a 38-page opinion, the court rejected the Archdiocese's motion for summary judgment on its "ministerial exception" and "church autonomy" defenses, finding that numerous factual issues remain.