Gay teacher was told to find a woman and settle down as he wanted to become a foster carer


Joseph Longo III, a teacher from Quinton, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit on February 9 that claimed that one of his co-workers told him to find a woman and have a pet instead of fostering an orphan as her revealed such a plan. Longo launched the suit in Superior Court under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination act, stating he was subjected to “workplace harassment based upon sexual orientation, familial, status and discrimination and discrimination based upon gender stereotype” — he is gay and his colleagues knew about it. The suit details how Longo has been working in the area since September 2000 and is listed on the district’s Child Study Team website as a social worker. Longo goes on to suggest that she has made negative comments about that fact “nearly every day” since. The suit also claims that co-workers told Longo that he was “not a real parent” and needed to choose between fostering and his career in education. Longo also asserts that one of his colleagues told him he hoped the teacher “learned his lesson” when two foster children left his home in May 2017. When Longo welcomed another around the same time, Slaughter reportedly told him he doesn’t “need any children.”


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