The St. Bonaventure University has been accused of carrying out religious discrimination against a woman and also for stopping her from progressing in her career because she was a woman and a witch.
Pauline Hoffman, who served as the dean of Jandoli School of Communication claimed that she was discriminated based on her religion and sex. She described herself as a gentlewoman farmer and a data nerd. She said that she also co-owns a company of Organic Body care along with her sister. She said that she also attended the Catholic University when she was an undergrad.
The discrimination began against her around 2011 during Halloween when a communication officer from the University wanted to take her interview about her beliefs of Wiccan and then she altered the University. She said that she was interested in supporting the students of media as the students of the University wanted a perspective of the witch on Halloween.
The then Provost Michael Fischer approached the dean for signing a document promising her for upholding the Roman Catholic values of the University. She later came to know that the document was meant to be signed exclusively by her and not the others who were employed in the University.
Hoffman also said that she was compensated less when compared to the other deans of the same University who were male. She also believes that despite giving her a promotion the University discriminated her against her beliefs. There were many allegations made around her of claiming her as a witch. Following such discriminations, she filed a lawsuit against the University.