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Legal victory for fired transgendered teacher in suit against Catholic school

Catholic World News - September 20, 2013

A judge in New York has granted an initial legal victory to Mark (Marla) Krolikowski, a teacher fired from St. Francis High School in Queens after he became transgendered, according to multiple media reports.

Judge Duane Hart rejected the school’s motion to dismiss Krolikowski’s discrimination lawsuit against the school. The school invoked the ministerial exception, which has been upheld unanimously by the Supreme Court, and asserted it fired Krolikowski, a longtime teacher, on grounds of insubordination.

“Insubordination after 32 years of teaching?” said the judge. “And the insubordination seems to coincide with the expression of being transgender?”

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  • Posted by: gfdsmith9280 - Sep. 21, 2013 6:58 AM ET USA

    How old is this Krowlikowski guy!? Teaching for 32 years? That would make him at least 50 years old. Why did it take him so long to decide what gender to have? The whole thing stinks of a setup.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Sep. 20, 2013 8:56 AM ET USA

    Insubordinate: Disobedient to orders. What does 32 years have to do with that? One could obey orders for 31 years, then disobey after that. No?

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