Was a Boy Scout Leader Unfairly Fired Allegedly Because of Sexual Orientation? (POLL)

Ten of Tim Griffin’s fellow camp leaders resigned in protest after Griffin was fired by the Boys Scouts authority in Sacramento.

A national outcry erupted after a well-liked Boy Scout camp counselor was fired by the Golden State Empire Council, the authority that presides over Boy Scouts in Northern California.

Tim Griffin, 22, believes he was wrongfully terminated for his sexual orientation, although the Council denies any relation to the national ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

In protest, Griffin started an online petition with Change.org, an online social action platform, that collected nearly 80,000 signatures. On Tuesday, Griffin presented the petition to the council stating, “Regardless of what the council gives as reasoning for my removal, the overwhelming show of solidarity at today’s delivery tells quite a different story.”

The Boy Scouts of America as a national organization has been the subject of controversy for its ban on accepting gay scouts and scout leaders.

The policy has drawn condemnation from both sides of the political aisle including President Obama and Governor Romney.

Was the Golden State Empire Council wrong in terminating Griffin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Jennifer van der Kleut August 20, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Alan - I totally agree, that's what I was trying to get across!
Mike August 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Experience tells me that the only people who "really know" as to why someone is terminated are the people who made the decision to terminate and the individual being terminated, who by the way often has a motive to not be truthful. Yet, we have some people deciding that the terminated party has some substance to their claim. Prior to my retirement I had the opportunity to investigate serveral claims of "wrongful termination". I first perform such investigations as both an employyee advocate, and later in my position as a employers' representative. My investigations involved a variety of claims that were more often than not a "last ditch" effort put forth by a person who should have been terminated and please note that the false claims were frequently given support by coworkers. That may or may not be the case here. However, could it be possible that the terminated employee willfully violated a communicated and reasonable police or "work rule"? That could be the reason for termination. There could be much more to this story.
Alan Dale Brown August 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Anyone who has gone through Boy Scouts knows there's a lot of talk about sex ... amongst the scouts. I never remember a scout master discussing sexuality in general - much less their own - other than to reprimand some scouts for talking too profanely (I really wouldn't have wanted to know, the fact that they were all apparently straight notwithstanding!) . I guess it's OK with me if it's left out - there are plenty of other places for discussing sexuality. Scouts should focus on scouting.
Phillip Bailey August 20, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Mike 2 122pm: Great post. Last year (or two) when the Ralston Middle School employee was first accused/put on administrative leave there was an outcry on this blog about "what a good guy he was". Those first few atta-boys came from moms whose young daughters had zero trouble with the then alledged perp. As things unfolded and more facts were brought to light, then the clarity of that particular case unfolded as I hope this incident will also.
Senor Gigante August 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
The Boy Scouts are a private organization with specific policies. If one of their policies is not to allow homosexual scout leaders then they have the right to get rid of Tim Griffin.


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