Teacher fired due to ex-husband sues diocese

Teacher fired due to ex-husband sues diocese


SAN DIEGO – A veteran teacher at a Catholic school who lost her job because school officials were worried that her ex-husband posed a danger to students and teachers has sued the Catholic diocese.

The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court on behalf of Carie Charlesworth, 40, who was released from Holy Trinity School in El Cajon after 14 years as a teacher in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Kenneth Hoyt, alleges that the diocese violated a Catholic principle taught in Cathechism that “the ends do not justify the means.”

As a religious school, Holy Trinity is exempt from certain laws involving employment. But the lawsuit alleges that although Charlesworth was required by her contract to follow Catholic teachings, the diocese, in not renewing her contract, violated those same teachings.

The suit alleges breach of contract…

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