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California High School Football Coach Burke Wallace Fired Because He is Gay

A Livermore, California high school is getting a lot of negative attention this week after a teacher and Varsity football coach claimed he was fired from his coaching position for being gay.

According to the lawsuit against Livermore Valley Charter Prep School, Burke Wallace was fired from his position as coach after a group of supervisors overheard him mention his husband to someone during a conversation.

Wallace claims that after being fired as coach, he was forced to leave his position as English teacher due to harassment and stress.

"He was wrongfully terminated because of his sexual orientation, and the [school's] administration is responsible for that," said Wallace’s attorney John Furstenthal. "They may try to come up with all these different excuses, but I don't think they'll hold water in court." 

Reports show that Wallace is suing for discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, failure to prevent discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract.

He is seeking an undisclosed amount for damages, lost wages, and more.

This story popped up just after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed in the Senate. ENDA will provide basic employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.


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