Gay teacher denied employment by Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Human Rights Campaign and Equality Cincinnati are calling on the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy to reverse a decision to not hire a gay employee.

30-year-old Jonathan Zeng of Cincinnati applied and was selected as the music teacher for CHCA's Otto Armleder Memorial Education Center.

"I got a call from the principal saying that she was pleased to tell me that I was the candidate they had chosen to fill the position which I was happy to hear," says Zeng who shortly after hearing the news was asked to meet with the principal, a representative from the board of trustees and the head CHCA schools to finalize the decision.

Zeng says they discussed a number of things including salary and training times but his sexual orientation was never brought up.

Shortly after that meeting, Zeng was called back to the school for some "unresolved business."

"That's when he asked me if I was a homosexual and explained that school policy was not to hire homosexuals and a number of other things so that was the end of that," says Zeng.

CHCA released this statement to FOX19:

"CHCA keeps confidential all matters discussed within a candidate's interview. We're looking into this matter, although the initial information we have seen contains inaccuracies. We will not be discussing individual hiring decisions or interviews."

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