I suspect that when Jarretta Hamilton, a fourth grade teacher at a Florida Christian school, told administrators she was pregnant, she expected them to ask when she was due. She did not, however, think her answer would get her fired.
In April 2009, Hamilton told her boss at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Fla., that she was pregnant and planned to take a six-week leave in October. When asked when she conceived, Hamilton answered honestly: She became pregnant just three weeks prior to her Feb. 20 wedding. That was enough to get her fired under the school's strict morality rules, which prohibit teachers from "fornication," engaging in sex before marriage.
Hamilton filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but opted out of mediation and chose instead to file suit because of the commission's lengthy backlog. According to the complaint, Hamilton is suing under federal gender discrimination laws, a state marriage discrimination law and for violations of her privacy. "The school told the students and their parents why Hamilton had been fired. Disclosing that kind of personal information was a violation of her privacy," Gay said. "There were never any complaints about her teaching. The school said she was an outstanding teacher," he added.
So ok, I can understand the "morality clause" as a private school has the right to set the rules, but why tell the parents AND the children about the fornication? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" the Son of God once told a crowd gathered to stone a prostitute. Yet it appears that the lesson was lost on these administrators. And I further wonder if its a case of religion, or one of race? And please. lets not be so naieve as to think that race doesn't factor in these days despite all the so called "progress" we have made in race relations. Take it from me, while we have come a long way, we STILL have a long way to go, and after I saw her husbands picture I couldn't help but wonder. What are your thoughts?