Billard v. Charlotte Catholic High School
GLAD joined the National Women’s Law Center and nearly 50 organizations in an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the 4th Circuit case, Billard v. Charlotte Catholic High School.
Lonnie Billard taught at Charlotte Catholic High School for nearly fifteen years. Despite his exceptional record as a well-regarded English and Drama instructor, the school fired him after he posted on his personal Facebook account about plans to marry his same-sex partner.
By firing him because of his sexual orientation, the school violated Mr. Billard’s rights under Title VII, which prohibits LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace, including by religious employers.
The district court agreed. Our brief urges the 4th Circuit to uphold that ruling.