From The Charleston Gazette
By Alison Knezevich
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County woman is suing a Charleston youth
center, alleging that board members there fired her because they thought she was
a lesbian after looking at her Facebook profile.
In a lawsuit filed earlier this week in Kanawha Circuit Court, Jessica A.
Hudson says the Bob Burdette Center’s board held an emergency meeting about her
“perceived sexual orientation” after they had offered her a job as executive
director of the center.
The center, headquartered on West Washington Street, runs after-school
programs at four locations in Charleston: Emmanuel Baptist Church; the Tiskelwah
Center; West Charleston Baptist Church; and Calvary Baptist Church. The programs
are for more than 200 children, ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade,
according to the lawsuit.
Hudson’s lawyer, Rick Brown of the firm Bailey & Glasser, would not say
what Hudson’s sexual orientation is.
“That’s not for me to answer,” he said. “The reason she was fired is because
she was perceived as being a lesbian. Whether she is or not is immaterial.”
Hudson applied for the executive director position May 26, the lawsuit says.
The center got 12 applications for the job and picked seven people to be
interviewed by a three-member search committee.
The committee interviewed Hudson on June 1, according to the lawsuit.
“That interview went so well and the Search Committee was so impressed by Ms.
Hudson’s qualifications and enthusiasm that its members agreed that, rather than
select three … job candidates for the second-round interview as they were
charged to do, Ms. Hudson should be the only applicant to advance to the second
interview stage,” the lawsuit states.
read more at the Charleston Gazette
If the employer broke the law in firing her, the woman has a right to sue them. But my point is this: why even publish such personal information on the internet in the first place? Why put yourself in that position, especially during a job search? That’s the lesson here.