From EAG News:
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. – A white New Jersey teacher who was repeatedly denied a position as an assistant principal received a $45,000 settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Pleasantville Board of Education.
Renee Marie Irwin claims in a lawsuit settled in December that she worked in the Pleasantville school district since 1997, and applied for an assistant principal position at an alternative school in 2003 but the job was given instead to a “less qualified African-American teacher,” NJ 101.5 reports.
“It wasn’t nearly the last time she’d make that claim. Irwin left the district to work in another as assistant principal – but when she returned to Pleasantville in 2007, again applying for an assistant principal job, (she) was turned down,” according to the news site. “She said in the suit that the post once again went to a less qualified African American applicant.”
Irwin contends the same thing happened in 2013 and 2014, despite the fact that she was more qualified and had more union seniority than the black teachers who were hired as assistant principals.
“As the 2012/2013 school year progressed, the school administration within the Middle School was in need of more managerial assistance and two teachers were pulled from the classroom to assist the Middle School Administration, both were of African American race and had less experience and qualifications than the plaintiff or seniority and time at the district than the plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit cited by NJ 101.5.
“In or around August of 2013 the position of…