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Alberta Catholic school board had teachers sign forms barring them from same-sex relationships

Dec 13, 2018 by


Janet French –

Education Minister David Eggen is “deeply concerned” any school board would have an employee sign a document stating they cannot be in a same-sex or common-law relationship.

His remarks come after Postmedia obtained forms Red Deer Catholic regional teachers had to sign saying they were in breach of their job contracts if they were involved in a same-sex relationship.

Although the school district says it has now changed a “conditions of employment” form all new employees must sign, one district teacher said he and at least three colleagues have jobs that hinge on the forms they signed years ago.

“… If you are now, or at any time that you are in the employ of Red Deer Catholic Regional Division No. 39, involved in a same-sex relationship, or a common-law relationship outside of the traditional Catholic Church definition of marriage, you are in breach of your contract,” says the agreement.

Eggen said in an interview any such agreement would contravene labour rights and human rights.

“To have people signing papers saying it’s not OK to be gay, that’s definitely not on,” he said.

Unknown when policy changed

A Red Deer Catholic teacher, who Postmedia agreed not to name to protect his jobsaid he signed a similarly worded form when he began working for the district more than a decade ago. He has never been asked to sign an updated document, he said.

Source: Alberta Catholic school board had teachers sign forms barring them from same-sex relationships | National Post

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