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Catholic school guidance counselor suspended over same-sex marriage files federal complaint

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Catholic high school guidance counselor suspended over her same-sex marriage filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging "intentional discrimination and retaliation."

The federal complaint, filed Jan. 7 by an attorney representing Shelly Fitzgerald, claims Roncalli High School and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis targeted Fitzgerald because of her sexual orientation.

Fitzgerald says school officials asked her to resign after they received a copy of her same-sex marriage certificate.

She also says the school and archdiocese created a "hostile work environment" when it publicized her case and banned her from the Roncalli campus.

Fitzgerald has also announced she plans to sue the school and the archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis sent this statement on Monday afternoon:

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Roncalli High School have neither discriminated against Shelly Fitzgerald nor created a “hostile work environment.” Ms. Fitzgerald signed and agreed to a ministerial job description in her employment contract that she live in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Ms. Fitzgerald has acknowledged that she breached her contract by entering into a marriage that is not valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church. She remains an employee of Roncalli High School and is on paid administrative leave.


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