Three Employees who worked for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) at Largo High School take their racial discrimination lawsuit to federal court on Tuesday February 25th, 2014 at 10am, opening a 1-week civil trial for violating Title VI of civil rights act. The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages, are among more than 1000 people who made racial discrimination claims against PGCPS, which is the county’s largest employer. They accused the State agency of allowing a hostile work environment, filled with slurs, nooses and threatening graffiti among other issues.
Jury selection has already been done to help deliberate on lawsuits. Mr. Everhart, Tracy Allison and Dr. Ruth Johnson claims they were retaliated against when they reported what they believed were inappropriate acts by the administration of former Superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr and that PGCPS engaged in reverse discrimination and outright discrimination including to the people of color.
During the trial, Plaintiffs must show by a preponderance of the evidence, that when they were employed at Largo High School —the time period covered by their Complaints—the Board of Education of Prince George’s County (“School Board”) received federal funds which had a primary objective of providing employment, as opposed to educating students or any other purpose.
Plaintiffs have alleged that the relevant funding came from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (“ARRA”). ARRA funds were first received by the School Board during the 2009-10 School Year. None of the Plaintiffs remained at Largo High School after August 2010 because it appears that, PGCPS played technicalities to try and defeat justice. Therefore, the relevant time period is the 2009-2010 school year. Defendant PGCPS claims that Plaintiffs will be unable to make such a showing. However, the Plaintiffs disagrees with that saying, the issue in the Title VI trial is whether or not the Defendant received federal funds with a primary objective of creating and saving jobs. Title I and IDEA funds have a restricted purpose of aiding disadvantaged and disabled students, respectively. On the other hand, the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) has a stated purpose of creating and saving jobs.
In the meantime, these problems continues to date within the Maryland State Board of Education system and Prince George’s County Public schools in particular with the blind eyes of the county management and the state officials. >>>Read more EEOC