This week read about Olivia Hill suing a university for discrimination in Tennessee, and Abbot Austin G. Murphy expressing a disagreement with the decision to hire a lesbian coach in Illinois.
Trans Employee, Navy Vet Sues University for Discrimination
Olivia Hill is a Navy veteran and transgender employee for Vanderbilt University. She has worked at the school’s power plant for 25 years. Now, she is suing the university for discrimination.
Hill is the first person to fully transition while being employed at Vanderbilt, WSMV reported, and was selected as the Vanderbilt University "Advocate of the Year" by the Office of LGBTQI Life in 2020.
She said that after her transition surgery, she was called names and said her coworkers began making crude comments towards her.
"I knew how things were going to possibly be, but I really had hoped that people would be genuine," Hill said. "I mean these are people that were friends of mine."
Hill is being represented by Abby Rubenfeld who said that Vanderbilt violated its own policies put in place to support LGBT employees and that they demonstrated “stunning hypocrisy.”
"Vanderbilt is supposedly a great school in terms of their non-discrimination policies," Rubenfeld said. "They talk the talk, and we want them to walk the walk as well."
Benet Academy Leader ‘Deeply Troubled’ After Hiring of Gay Coach
Abbot Austin G. Murphy. Photo via Facebook.
Benet Academy, a Catholic high school in Chicago, had rescinded its job offer to Amanda Kammes because she is married to a woman. The board of directors decided that Kammes was indeed the right candidate and extended the job offer for the girls’ lacrosse coach once more, which the board says she accepted.
The decision was made after protests from alumni, students, and faculty members who supported Kammes, CBS Chicago reported.
More than 2,000 people signed a petition urging the school to hire Kammes.
“By rejecting a talented potential staff member on the basis of whom she loves, you have utterly failed to uphold the principles of dignity and charity that you purport to practice as Christian institution,” the petition reads. “We are ashamed of your narrow interpretation of Christian morality.”
Abbot Austin G. Murphy, who oversees the academy, then issued a statement expressing his disagreement with the situation.
Murphy wrote that disagreements on the “morality” of homosexuality should not be misconstrued as hate.