Friday, March 30, 2012

Former Prof Charges Religious Discrimination After Discipline For Refusing To Attend Show On Gay Rights

Courthouse News Service reports on a suit filed yesterday in a state trial court in Texas by a former theater and dance faculty member at Lamar University who was graded down in her annual review because she refused, for religious reasons, to attend a student-organized show billed as a celebration of homosexuality. The complaint (full text) in Ozmun v. Lamar University, (TX Dist. Ct., filed 3/29/2012), recounts that the student show was created after a one-man show about a performer's gay lifestyle was cancelled under community pressure. Subsequently the one-man show was brought to campus, and plaintiff again refused to attend and says she was disciplined for it. Plaintiff says this amounts to religious discrimination in violation of Texas law.