The former Director of the Office of Finance at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, according to NBC News in Washington DC. Timothy Harrison claims he was terminated after reporting discrimination against Hispanic workers at the school. The workers claim they were harassed and called ethnic slurs.
“The discrimination has been going on for 18 years,” Harrison told reporters from the Gazette in Maryland. “It has to stop. I brought it to the attention of the headmaster who chose to do nothing about it.”
These are serious allegations, and if they are true, Harrison should be safe from retaliation under whistleblower protection laws. The Landon School denies the allegations of harassment and discrimination.
“The School has a longstanding commitment to treat all members of the community—employees, students and others—fairly and without regard to race, ethnicity or gender,” read a released statement. “Landon has policies and procedures in place that ensure that reports of improper behavior are considered promptly and fully, and appropriate actions are taken.”
Why didn’t the school provide its reasoning for terminating Harrison in the statement? If you feel you are the victim of harassment, discrimination or a wrongful termination, you need to consult with an attorney immediately.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment law attorneys