The former director of women’s and reproductive health at the Family Research Council, a prominent Christian conservative advocacy group, is suing the organization, claiming it retaliated against her and fired her after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her boss.
According to court documents first obtained and reported by journalist Evan Gahr, former FRC employee Moira Gaul, 42, filed a complaint in 2009 with the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission in which she accused her supervisor of gender discrimination. She claimed that her boss, the director of the Center for Human Life and Bioethics at the time, referred to the use of birth control pills as “whoring around,” addressed emails to her with the words “hi cutie,” pressured her to attend parties, and referred to her as a “young, attractive woman.”
“His attitude toward me and other women was rude, belittling, and at times, angry,” she wrote in the complaint.
Gahr identified Gaul’s former supervisor as prominent anti-abortion lawyer William Saunders, who now works at the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life. Saunders and his attorney, William J. Hickey, did not respond to requests for comment on the case.
To quote John Cole, “I’m more shocked that the Family Research Council has a women’s reproductive health division than I am that these religious nutters are sexist assholes.”
The FRC was founded by James Dobson and the current president is the Liar Tony Perkins (to use Fred Clark’s official designation for the man). The SPLC has officially designated them FRC as a hate group because of their repeated use of fraudulent “scientific facts” about homosexuality.
Somehow, I just don’t see the FRC headquarters as being a particularly woman-friendly office.