EUobserver / Catholic schools cannot refuse to hire gay teachers, says BrusselsThe European Commission has said that Roman Catholic schools in Poland or elsewhere in the EU cannot refuse to employ gay teachers.
EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Wednesday (26 October) in a written statement that EU law on non-discrimination in the workplace allows religious outfits "to take a person's religion or belief into account, where necessary, when recruiting personnel and to require their personnel to show loyalty to that ethos."
But she added: "While it is difficult to make a statement about a hypothetical case, the commission fails to see how a teacher's sexual orientation could reasonably constitute a genuine and determining occupational requirement."
Gay teachers 'threatened' by Employment Act - The Irish Times - Thu, Apr 08, 2010
Should the Oireachtas repeal section 37 of the Employment Act?IT 08/04/10 said:Gay and bisexual teachers feel threatened by laws which could allow school managements to dismiss teachers in order to protect their ethos, the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) annual conference heard.
Deputy INTO general secretary Noel Ward said sections of the Employment Equality Act meant that some workers were more equal than others.
Section 37 of the Act provides denominational schools with an exemption allowing them to take reasonably necessary action to prevent an employee or prospective employee from undermining its religious ethos.
Mr Ward said this gave sweeping powers to school managements. Teachers in denominational schools shouldnt feel threatened if they were for example gay or bisexual, or divorced, he said.