Target: Former Eastside Catholic high school Vice Principal, Mark Zmuda
Goal: Support former vice principal in lawsuit after his being fired for his sexual orientation
In December of 2013, Mark Zmuda was fired from his job as vice principal of a Seattle Catholic high school because of his sexual orientation. Washington has a state law against discrimination, so Zmuda is suing the high school and the local archdiocese for wrongful termination. In one of his complaints against the high school, Zmuda claims that the school misrepresented its environment both on the school’s website and in the employee handbook. On the school’s website, it claimed to be a school of inclusion and that it does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, sex, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Earlier in the year when the school heard of Zmuda’s marriage to another man, it gave him a choice between divorcing his husband, or losing his job. Zmuda was stunned that the school would ask such a thing and refused to divorce his partner. His decision prompted Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to tell Zmuda that he could no longer work at the school because of his marriage. Although the religiously affiliated school is not required to recognize any gay marriage, the Catholic high school’s decision to dismiss Zmuda is unfair; his marriage to his partner has done no harm to anyone and he is a practicing Catholic who believes in loving and treating others as Christ did.
Before his marriage, Zmuda complied with all of the school’s requests for him not to bring his partner to school events. After following all their requests, it does not seem fair for him to be fired just because he is happily married. Sign this petition and support Zmuda in his lawsuit against the Eastside Catholic high school.
Dear Mark Zmuda,
It has come to my attention that you are recently suing the Eastside Catholic high school for your wrongful termination. I must say that I agree that the reasons for your termination are unfair. The Eastside Catholic high school clearly violated the Washington state law against discrimination.
Since January of 2013 you have complied with all of the school requests that you do not bring your partner to any school events, yet they fired you based solely on your marriage to your husband, even despite the fact that you are a practicing Catholic. I would like you to know that you have my support throughout your lawsuit.
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