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W.Va. Woman Sues Over Lesbian Perception Dismissal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia woman is suing a youth center, alleging board members fired her after looking at her Facebook profile and determining that she is a lesbian.

Jessica A. Hudson, of Kanawha County, is suing the Bob Burdette Center and five board members for unspecified punitive damages, compensatory damages and an order barring the center from discriminating.

The Circuit Court lawsuit alleges the board held an emergency meeting June 19 about Hudson’s “perceived sexual orientation” after they’d offered her a job as the center’s executive director, then dismissed her.

The lawsuit doesn’t say how Hudson knew the board had discussed her sexual orientation, but her lawyer, Rick Brown, said a board member informed her.

Center officials declined a request by The Charleston Gazette seeking comment.

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