A former Prince George’s County teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing the school system of discriminating against him because he is white.
Jon Everhart alleged in his lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school board that a black principal forced him out of his job because of his race.
“Justice was served,” Everhart said. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.”
Everhart, 65, speaking by phone from Ohio after the verdict in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, said he faced years of racial harassment from the Largo High School principal, who he said repeatedly told staffers and students that she planned to fire him.
“She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white b—-,’ ” Everhart said of the principal, Angelique Simpson-Marcus, who leads the 1,100-student school in Upper Marlboro. “Her behavior was so outlandish.” >>> Read more >>> Prince George’s County sentinel ; >>> Read more Washington Post
Discrimination still exists in the workplace today despite laws put into place to protect employee rights. Even though Title VII and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee for race, age, gender, disabilities and wages, there were still more than 99,412 discrimination claims filed in 2012, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The reasons discrimination is still alive in the workplace has much to do with the economy, financial pressure and lack of diversity training etc.
In Prince George’s County Public schools for Example, Dr. Kevin Maxwell who was hired more than a year ago supposedly to help fix these issues has turned around to promote, rehire and protect the very same personnel responsible for retaliatory and discriminatory conduct. A very good example is the promotion of Ms. Roslyn Hawkins from Human Resources Labor Relations specialist to school improvements specialist. Ms. Hawkins has engaged in a pattern of presenting false affidavits to the courts, colluding with the unions to discriminate employees and expunging records. This conduct is further facilitated by the Thatcher Law Firm which is engaged in breach of contracts, presenting false reports to the courts and the hiring of Mr. James Fisher who uses his previous position in Federal government to defeat justice. It’s obvious, these are not individuals keen on moving Prince George’s County Public Schools forward. Attached herein is the entire list of the recent appointments. ~~>Appointments-Exec Appointments – Transfers 070114
Harassment Is Not Stopped
If a woman or man who is continuously subjected to offensive pictures and sexually charged comments refuses to file a formal complaint with human resources or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there is no paper trail to follow and never any consequences for the perpetrator. According to Donna Ballman, an employment discrimination lawyer and author of “The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers,” sexual harassers enjoy exploiting a man’s or woman’s fear of getting fired from a job in desperate economic times. Ball also adds that if the behavior is not stopped, it will accelerate. Others may join in or begin to discriminate against the employee thinking he or she provoked the boss, for example, to secure a promotion.
Traditional or Baby Boomer interviewers have been known to discriminate against the younger-generation workers, according to Karsh. “Feelings of this generation acting entitled, being unprepared for the workforce or seeming immature are all things someone of an older generation might unfairly assume,” says Karsh. When this happens, a workplace misses out on the benefits of having a diverse age group that can pull from different experiences to create dynamic, creative business ideas. In addition, traditional labeling enters the equation. Older generations may still hold on to prejudices from growing up, such as certain races are lazy or that women are not as capable as men. The same goes for women who discriminate against men. In some areas, we are seeing and receiving reports of reverse discrimination by women like in the case of Jon Everhart above.
Lack of Diversity Training
An important aspect to eliminating racial, ethnic, religious, sexual and age-related discrimination is by educating employees on the benefits of a diverse workplace. Sensitivity training seminars and courses explain how discrimination lessens when employees feel included and valued. In addition, productivity rises and stress-related leaves of absence are no longer a concern. Because of this, employees will go the extra mile, such as working longer hours to complete deadlines, to produce stellar results. Also, employees with different cultural backgrounds are able to attract like-minded clients, which boosts company or organizational revenue, and find quicker solutions to sourcing, servicing and allocation of resources.
Dr. Segun Eubanks (Courtesy of the National Education Association)…is brother – in -Law to Mr. Rushern Baker. Talent usually runs in families but this one takes the cake. If this is a sample of Top Executive team that Mr. Baker has assembled for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), then GOD HELP US. Only a miracle can rescue us from this mess. Dr. Segun is identified with weak financial controls within Prince George’s county school District and has been smiling all the way to the Bank for the last several months. (Read more)
Dr. Kevin Maxwell got a hefty $90,000 hand shake on the way out from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and $1 million sign up with guess whose pot cash bonuses? – PGCPS. What does he promise to do for us? Is this performance based appointment? Even wall street sets performance goals. The last time we checked with our school performances, we cannot surely in this economy blow cash on these willy nilly appointments for sure. Dr. Maxwell was indirectly a subject of the Maryland legislature in the last session for the $90,000 he took with him. He is now very busy covering up discrimination and corruption in Prince George’s County (Read more)