JW Teacher Sues School District For Being Fired Over Valentin's Day

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  • steve2

    I disagree LoveUniHateExams. A teacher in a secular schooling system who identifies as Jewish or Muslim would not be expected to participate in Easter and/or Christmas activities.

    As others have said, what is unknown is why pressure was put on this teacher over Valentine's Day (arguably not developmentally appropriate for school-age children!) after all her years of teaching at thew school - and why the refusal issue had not arisen earlier say with Christmas and / or Easter activities.

  • LoveUniHateExams


    Yeah, you're probably right. The schooling system is secular.

    It still speaks volumes that a JW teacher would have nothing to do with Valentine's Day, and is suing the school.

    Religious people need to integrate into Western society, IMO.

  • Saintbertholdt
    I think the school board was just stupid. This could have been resolved without issue.
  • Clambake

    Oh for FFS. Valentines day is purely a hallmark holiday.

    It's amazing the mental gymnastics a jw has to do to be offended by something Iike valentine's day while completely ignoring the wts history of doctrinal flip flops and failed prophecies. I call bullshit.

    Jws are just narsastic trolls whose only pleasure in life is to piss people off.

    Kind of like a certain poster here.

  • Clambake

    I know this jw who goes from job to job getting canned for leaving watchtowers in the coffee room at work or quits at the first hint his job might interfere with field service or an assembly. He is nearly 40 and still lives at home.

    Man this religion sure makes you a loser.

  • OrphanCrow
    clambake: Valentines day is purely a hallmark holiday

    "Saint Valentine (Latin: Valentinius), officially Saint Valentine of Rome, is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love."

  • dubstepped
    cognac: 6 hours agoSucks to lose your career over religious discrimination. Wonder how many people that got d'ffed lost their careers because all their work affiliations were JWs...

    Where's the "love" button when you need it? "Like" doesn't begin to describe how I feel about you bringing up this point. I knew two people close to me that were both employed by witnesses in my congregation that lost their job due to DF'ing. I never even thought about it this way until you mentioned it. Damn, those jerks want control of everything and they want it all their way. I do agree that this person shouldn't be canned for her religious beliefs, but it should apply across the board, not just when dubs find it suits them.
  • LoveUniHateExams


    Your information may be correct but we're talking about a teacher that was let go because she wouldn't organize a Valentine's Day party for her class. The school wasn't forcing her to celebrate Valentine's Day, just let the kids she taught have a go.

    It would have been heart-shaped cards and possibly love letters. No biggie.

  • Giordano

    "Defendant rejected all the Plaintiff's suggestions that would have permitted students to have a holiday celebration without Plaintiff violating her religious beliefs,' the suit says.

    Lemmons did not show up to work on the day of the party. The district soon laid her off effective June 30, 2014, which

    Lemmons filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination.

    Bogas said the EEOC investigated and found "reasonable cause" Lemmons was discriminated against based on her religion, but the dispute could not be resolved. Lemmons received a right to sue order from the EEOC in October 2015 and filed the suit in U.S. District Court Jan. 4.

    The Principal created a problem when there wasn't one before. Hope she wins her law suit. By the way there's no dollar amount specified.

  • average joe
    average joe

    I love how some people read this article and go i think there is more to the story... based on what information?? I hope you find yourselves in a situation where everyone says there is more to the story and what did you do wrong. That's how people are these days letting their imaginations run wild with NO PROOF at all always trying to imply things with no evidence whatsoever. Its disgusting really.

    Jw or no jw Schools should be worried about education and not wasting time and our money on all this other crap imho.

    jw or no jw The school or anyone else should not force someone to do something against their religion.... end of story.

    We do not know that the kids were sitting there all alone but we do know its highly freakin unlikely! The school should have and likely did make arrangements for the class. How do we know? The jw informed the school she wouldnt be participating in valentines day. Therefore, The school made other arrangements which IS NOT HARD TO DO for the students who were well taken care of I am sure. Its not hard to find a staff member to throw a valentines party. I dont give a flip about valentines day and dont see much purpose in children being part of this "romantic" holiday or helping our fat american children to become diabetics because of commercialism.

    She was a teacher for many years and offered to help the school in other ways according to the article. If after so many years of dealing with holidays she was only just now fired it is most likely due to new administration that doesnt like her faith. I doubt she acted any differently then she did any of her many other years as a teacher regarding holidays.

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