Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Virginia university volleyball coach says he was fired for being gay; Obama's not protecting federal contractors said to be a factor

Lou Chibbaro, Jr. reports in The Washington Blade, Dec. 7, about the firing of a “gay coach” at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  The person is James Finley, former women’s volleyball coach at VCU.  The link for the story is here

He says he would have been more likely to get his job back had President Obama issued an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors.  Would such an order encompass jobs not specifically subsumed by the contracts?

Finley says he was removed to be replaced by someone who could publicly represent the university better,  This seems bizarre, given the media attention recently to Penn State,  

There is some uncertainty as to whether Virginia (state run) colleges and universities have yet adopted non discrimination policies.  Most readers know about my own expulsion from William and Mary in the fall of 1961.  

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