“The suit is based on sex discrimination, specifically sexual stereotyping,” Cox tells Georgia Voice. “It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee because that employee does not conform to the employer’s traditional sex or gender-based stereotypes. One such gender stereotype is that men marry women.”
Cox says they are seeking back wages, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
Mount de Sales Academy fired Dollar last year and cited his impending marriage at the time as the reason why, even though it was no secret that Dollar was gay and had had a longtime boyfriend. Dollar even notified school administrators of his sexual orientation during his job interviews in 2010.
The school’s handbook had a non-discrimination policy that included sexual orientation, but the contract he signed included a morality clause that the school may have used as grounds for Dollar’s dismissal.
Three members of the Mount de Sales Academy board of trustees resigned in the wake of the incident, and students and teachers rallied together to get the school to reinstate him but the school refused.