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Fired Gay Teacher Files Complaint With City Department

As expected, the Watterson teacher who says she was fired for being gay filed her complaint with a city office today. Carla Hale’s attorney, Tom Tootle, said it could be a couple of weeks before the Columbus Community Relations Commission responds to Hale’s complaint about her firing from Bishop Watterson High School. In the letter, Hale wrote she was fired based on her sexual orientation; an act she called a “flagrant and unapologeticâ€? violation of city code. Hale stated she is open to meeting with the Columbus Catholic Diocese to reach a resolution. The former physical education teacher was fired in late March after the Diocese received an anonymous letter noting Hale listed her same-sex partner in an obituary. The Diocese has said its employees cannot go against church teachings.