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Teacher claims race discrimination after contract is discontinued

A man who worked as a grade school teacher claims that he lost his job unjustly. He asserts that he lost his job due to race discrimination. The black teacher worked in a Texas school district and alleges that his work life began to change for the worse when a new principal was hired. He claims that, almost right away, the new principal became very critical of his work performance. The principal also is said to have accused the plaintiff of threatening him.

On the contrary, the teacher alleges that he was the one who was threatened. The threats prompted him to file a claim with the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division. He was later told that his contract was being discontinued because of poor work performance. According to the plaintiff, up until that point, he did not know of any issues related to his performance.

He claims that he was never given the opportunity to be able to correct any of the alleged issues before he lost his job. The plaintiff also claims that another teacher, who was not black, also had job performance complaints at the same time. He alleges that the teacher was able to keep their job. In 2012, under the past principal, the plaintiff apparently received a good evaluation.

The former teacher filed a claim against the Texas school district for breach of contract, retaliation and race discrimination. He requests monetary damages lost income and loss of potential benefits and earnings. Workers who believe that they have lost their job because of their race have the right to file a complaint against their employer. Based upon proper evidence of discrimination, the employee may be awarded financial relief and possibly even be reinstated.


Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Former teacher accuses Houston school district of discrimination", , Sept. 17, 2014

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