Official Statement Regarding Whistleblower Lawsuit

Official Statement Regarding Whistleblower Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed by Mary Macy against the Diocese of Oregon and Bishop Michael Hanley.

Ms. Macy was an employee of the Diocese of Oregon. The Diocese (or any employer for that matter) will not comment on confidential personnel matters, so we are unable to comment on the circumstances of her leaving the Diocese. We can confirm that there have been multiple independent investigations by the Diocese into the allegations made by Ms. Macy.

Ms. Macy’s claims for whistle-blowing and employment discrimination were, as her complaint acknowledges, investigated by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and dismissed. Ms. Macy’s further allegations were investigated by The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Oregon and were dismissed.

The Diocese believes that Ms. Macy’s allegations are unfounded and will defend the lawsuit vigorously.