Univ. of Toledo administrator fired over gay rights editorial hired in Michigan

JACKSON, Mich. - A University of Toledo administrator who was fired in 2008 over her criticism of gay rights has been hired to lead a human resources department in Michigan.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Crystal Dixon, of Maumee, is expected to start work next month as director of a joint human resources department for the city of Jackson and surrounding Jackson County. She will be considered a county employee but will work for both departments.

Interim county Administrator Adam Brown says Dixon has experience and professionalism. She has spent the last three years working as a human resources and business consultant.

Dixon lost her job as Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Toledo after writing in a Toledo Free Press column that gay rights can't be compared to civil rights because homosexuality is a choice.

As a result of the editorial, UT's President, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs believed Dixon could not continue to effectively do her job. So, he fired her.

Dixon followed by filing a lawsuit against the university for a violation of her first amendment right, religious discrimination and racial discrimination. The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court, sought that Dixon be reinstated as associate vice president for human resources at Toledo. She was not reinstated.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)