When Father Jim St. George was fired earlier this year, Chestnut Hill College faced plenty of scrutiny. The priest accused the school of letting him go because he’s gay. Since then, the college – on Germantown Avenue – has amended its policy regarding discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Chestnut Hill College, founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is committed to an active inclusive love of all people without distinction,” the policy states. “Therefore, it is the policy of Chestnut Hill College that no person will be discriminated against by Chestnut Hill College in admission to or participation in any educational program and, moreover, no person will be discriminated against in employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, termination or forms of compensation or on any other terms of employment. Discrimination on any of the following basis is prohibited: race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, disability, or status as a veteran.”
The school now follows the Fair Practices Ordinance of the City of Philadelphia, as well as other local, state and federal laws.