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Former Longview ISD employee sues district

By Christina Lane
Jan. 26, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.

A former Longview ISD employee has filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming she was fired after speaking out about discrimination directed toward her by Principal John York.

Masika Ray-Brown, represented by Houston attorney Deshonda Charles Tackett, filed the lawsuit against the school district on Jan. 17 in Gregg County's 124th District Court. Brown worked for Longview ISD in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years as a teacher at J.L. Everhart Elementary School.

In the lawsuit, she claims that former J.L. Everhart Principal John York (who is now principal of Foster Middle School) discriminated against her on multiple occasions and that he, along with coworker Takeisha Jones, created a hostile work environment for her. Ray-Brown is black.

When she spoke out about the "racially discriminatory treatment" and complained about it, Ray-Brown was terminated by the school board upon York's recommendation, according to the lawsuit.

She is seeking back pay with interest, front pay with interest, liquidated damages with interest, compensatory damages, punitive damages, costs of the suit, witness fees, attorney's fees and damages for mental anguish.



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