Sarah Rutledge files bias claim against Maryland girls home

BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - A lesbian who was fired from her job at a western Maryland home for troubled girls claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that Sarah Rutledge contends her supervisor at San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro told her not to mention her wife at work. She claims the directive was part of a written improvement plan after Rutledge was put on probation in September.

San Mar President Bruce Anderson denied on Monday that any illegal discrimination occurred. Rutledge filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

She says her co-workers harassed her and created a hostile environment. She is seeking lost wages as a result of her firing in December.