|SEVENTH: Any statutory provisions uniquely pertaining to the public corporation and the commencement of an action or proceeding against it are as follows: The New York Division of Human Rights after investigation, has determined that it has the jurisdiction in this matter and that PROBABLE CAUSE exist to believe that the Respondent (Hempstead Union Free School District, HUFSD) has engaged in or is engaging in the unlawful discriminatory practice complained of. Pursuant to the Human Rights Law, this matter is recommended for public hearing.
I am a lesbian. I have been retaliated against and subjected to unlawful discriminatory actions and harassment.
After I publicly married my wife August 10, 2013, the work environment became hostile, discriminatory and isolated. I was awarded tenure and a pay increase prior based on exemplary work performance and prior to publicly marrying my wife.
In an affidavit filed in behalf of HUFSD and Susan Johnson, dated October 2013 item #14 Susan Johnson states the following: "Acting in a manner that is opposite of arbitrary, I decided to retain and to recommend granting tenure to two qualified and productive persons who were appointed by Dr. Patricia Garcia, namely Beverly Jones and Nichelle Rivers, precisely because I recognized their quality, and discerned that the Petitioners did not deserve recommendation to be granted tenure"
After Superintendent Susan Johnson heard about my wedding, she asked to see photos.
I filed a written complaint to the Hempstead Board of Education October 16, 2014.
After filing a written complaint, the complainant's position was terminated due to excessing effective June 30, 2015, indicating that my position was no longer needed.
I was subject to public ridicule, unprofessional and humiliating behavior from Ms. Susan Johnson, formerly Superintendent of Schools within HUFSD.
Former Board President Betty Cross publicly stated that the face of HUFSD couldn't be a lesbian.
Former Board President Betty Cross called me after hearing about my wedding, to ask me whom I lived with. Board clerk Pat Wilson was on the phone during this conversation.
Former Board President Betty Cross called the Board Clerk, Pat Wilson asking her if she knew what my wife looked like.
Susan Johnson, repeatedly told staff and Board members that I was incompetent, however I was never provided an annual evaluation until after I received a letter excessing me from my tenured position.
After terminating my position due to excessing, Dr. Rodney Gilmore provided me with my first an only written evaluation. He attempted to add items to my evaluation on my last day of work. He emailed a document to me and asked that I sign it.
Since my termination due to excessing, I have been harassed and further discriminated against. I applied for a full-time position in Roosevelt and had to meet with the Board trustees to respond to accusations that I was suing the HUFSD. They were given copies of the written complaint that I filed with the Board back in 2014, in addition to copies of Human Rights filings.
Since my termination due to excessing, two positions meeting my job description have been posted and staff have been hired. the job description meets the role and responsibilities that were attributed to me during my tenure in HUFSD. The positions were School Implementation Manager for both the ABGS Middle School and Hempstead High School. Both positions state Grant and budget management experience, and ability to write comprehensive reports.
Since my termination due to excessing, HUFSD has hired and worked with outside consultants to write and prepare grant submissions.
Since my termination due to excessing, HUFSD attorney's has sent numerous subpoenas to Roosevelt Union Free School District asking for information regarding my compensation and other benefits as if they were acting on the subpoena from a judge. I was called in each time to address the alleged subpoenas from HUFSD attorneys. |