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Teachers may face discrimination in New York

In a nearby state, a Caucasian teacher alleged that her school district discriminated against her. She has thus decided to sue the district. When employees in New York face discrimination on the basis of race or gender, it is within their rights to seek justice through the civil court system.

In the out-of-state case, the elementary school teacher claimed that the school district passed her over for promotions simply because she is White. She asserted that she had applied over 30 times for supervisor and vice principal positions. However, candidates who were less qualified or who were not qualified whatsoever reportedly received the positions instead. These candidates were predominately Latino and African American.

The plaintiff claimed that the school district interviewed her in just one case. The woman has been a teacher at the same school for 12 years, starting back in 2005. She later obtained her supervisor certification in the year 2010 followed by her principal certification the next year. However, she was reportedly transferred to a different school rather than being given a promotion.

Employers in New York are prohibited by federal law from discriminating against workers on the basis of their race and gender. If they do this, the employees who experience the discrimination may opt to file discrimination claims. Understanding the facts that have to be proved is necessary to succeed in this type of civil case. Remedies such as back pay or the reinstatement of a job as well as monetary relief for any damages incurred may result from a successfully litigated case.

Source: northjersey.com, "Paterson teacher files discrimination lawsuit", Joe Malinconico, Aug. 1, 2017

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