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Reverse Discrimination

Clarke County, GA: (Apr-25-08) Suzanne Kennedy, a former Clarke County School District employee, brought a reverse-discrimination lawsuit against the county, alleging that she was passed over for a director position and later a principal position solely because she is white. Kennedy, who worked for the school district for 16 years as a kindergarten teacher and literacy program coordinator, said that several allegations in her suit revolve around her application to become director of the grant-funded Pathways to Success Program. School sources stated that the position was one of three created in 2004 after recommendations from a Multicultural Task Force addressing minority achievement in the school district.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, sources said that both sides reached a settlement, in which board members voted 7-1 to authorize Interim Superintendent James Simms to execute the settlement. Both sides refused to reveal the details of the agreement. Kennedy's suit alleged that board members, under the opinion that the Office of Instructional Services was too white, and voted against Kennedy even though she was the most qualified applicant. [ATHENS BANNER-HERALD: DISTRICT TO SETTLE BIAS SUIT]

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Published on Apr-28-08


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