The following is a Catholic Action League of Massachusetts news update…
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today called for the firing of Connecticut school administrator Jeremy Boland, who admitted, on videotape, of discriminating against Catholics in hiring practices at his public school. Boland is the Assistant Principal of the Cos Cob Elementary School in Greenwich. His taxpayer funded salary is $154,000 a year.
In an undercover interview conducted Project Veritas in July, Boland, referring to Catholics, said “You don’t hire them. Because if someone is raised hardcore Catholic, it’s like they’re brainwashed. You can never change their mindset. So, when you ask them to consider something new, like a new opportunity, or ‘you have to think about this differently,’ they’re stuck — just rigid.”
As Assistant Principal, Boland was responsible for hiring at his school. Complaining that he could not fire older, more conservative teachers, he boasted “I make an impact with the next teacher I hire. So, my instinct for hiring — I’ve hired maybe four or five people. They’re pretty good.”
Boland indicated that there were, usually, thirty applicants for each teaching position, meaning that in a state which is nearly two-fifths Catholic, some of the applicants turned down by Boland were, likely, members of the Catholic Church.
Title VII of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment based upon an individual’s religion. The State of Connecticut has prohibited discrimination in public employment, based upon religious creed, since the Merit System Act of 1937.
The State has prohibited all religious discrimination in employment since the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1947. In Connecticut employment law, the term employer specifically includes the State of Connecticut and all political subdivisions thereof.
Since 1974, religious discrimination in employment has been a constitutional rights violation under Article the First, Section 20, of the Declaration of Rights of the Constitution of the State of Connecticut.
The Catholic Action League has also called for the Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities Commission to initiate civil enforcement proceedings against Boland. The Commission has the authority to bring civil cases, pertaining to discrimination in employment, into Superior Court, where civil penalties up to $10,000 can be imposed upon respondents.
The League is also calling upon the Connecticut Department of Education to revoke Boland’s teaching certificate for professional misconduct.
Boland has been suspended by the Greenwich Public Schools and is now being investigated by both the Department of Education and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.
The Catholic Action League called Boland’s admission of anti-Catholic discrimination “appalling, chilling, illegal, unconscionable and reprehensible.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Jeremy Boland is a barefaced bigot who broke the law, abused his public trust and violated the civil and constitutional rights of American citizens. He deserves to removed from his position, banned from his profession, and legally punished for his unlawful behavior.”
“Perhaps even more disturbing is one of the apparent motives for his animus against Catholics. If you read the entire interview, Boland believes that Catholic and conservative teachers might actually be sympathetic to the concerns of parents, and unsupportive of aggressive transgender ideology in public schools.”
“Boland is not only a bigot, but a would-be totalitarian who wants to indoctrinate and sexualize minors and usurp the right of parents to control the upbringing of their own children. One is left to wonder about how representative the extremist views of the indiscreet Jeremy Boland are of the corporate culture dominant in American public education today.”
“Jeremy Boland should never be permitted near a school ever again. Any Catholic who applied for a teaching position at Cos Cob School and was denied employment ought to file suit immediately, seeking redress in both state and federal courts.”