A gay employee in a South Jersey school district was harassed by his coworkers over his desire to be a foster parent with one telling him to "just get another pet" instead of a child and he should "find a woman" to have a child with, a lawsuit claims.
Joseph Longo III filed suit on Feb. 9 in Superior Court under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination alleging "harassment based upon sexual orientation, familial, status and discrimination and discrimination based upon gender stereotype" by the Salem City School District and employees there.
In his suit, Longo of Quinton, identified himself as a homosexual male and foster parent. He says he began working in the district in September 2000 and is listed on the district's website as a social worker affiliated with the Child Study Team.
Along with the district, those named in the suit are Pamela Bates-Thomas, director of special services; Dale Garner, transition coordinator; Dr. Billy Slaughter, school psychologist; Dr. Amiot Patrick Michel, superintendent, and Robin Winrow in human resources.
Open public records act advocate John Paff first reported on the suit.
The district's attorneys, in their answer to the suit filed April 2, deny the allegations against the district and its employees.