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So-Called ‘Family Values’ Group Sued For Sexual Harassment

By Annie-Rose Strasser  

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A former employee is suing the anti-gay Family Research Council for sexual harassment, citing the sexually suggestive comments of her supervisor, particularly in regards to birth control.

Moira Gaul worked as director of women’s and reproductive health for the FRC, an anti-gay hate group that claims to represent “traditional family values.” Her expertise is in abstinence-only education. But even for a woman ideologically aligned with such a socially conservative organization, the anti-woman rhetoric of her supervisor proved too much:

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.

Gaul’s supervisor’s comments are reminiscent of the assertion by Rush Limbaugh that young women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke was on birth control because she was having “so much sex.” FRC has been one of those groups most opposed to the contraception mandate requiring employers to cover contraception under the Affordable Care Act. The organization promotes abstinence-only sex education and is rabidly anti-gay.

The Huffington Post reports that the suit was originally settled back in 2009, but that it has re-emerged because Gaul and her attorney believe the FRC illegally retaliated against her for filing the original suit.

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