Landon School Employee Alleges Culture of Discrimination Against Hispanics in $2 Million Lawsuit
The Employment Law Group files suit on behalf of client Tim Harrison.
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Timothy Harrison filed a $2-million lawsuit against Bethesda, Maryland's Landon School alleging retaliation for reporting blatant discrimination against several Hispanic maintenance workers (Case Number: 363710V).
Harrison, who was the Director of the Office of Finance and Operations at Landon, is suing for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and for Landon to put an end to its culture of discrimination. The suit alleges that Landon's actions have caused both the plaintiff Harrison and the other employees involved unnecessary pain and suffering.
Harrison says that he is bringing this suit to assist the workers who are allegedly still being humiliated by supervisors who openly discriminate against them – referring to them as "spics" – and who make their workplace miserable, according to related testimony from the Hispanic workers.
"I wanted to help the men who worked hard for me and for Landon, but Mr. Armstrong (Headmaster and Harrison's supervisor at Landon) would not allow me to fire two supervisors who have problems with their multicultural workforce. When I persisted, Landon turned on me."
"Landon is suffering under leaders who ended the employment of a respected and accomplished administrator. Tim Harrison is blowing the whistle on discrimination in the workplace but rather than investigating and addressing a culture of bias against its Hispanic and minority workers, Landon continues discriminatory practices and has turned on Tim Harrison," said Adam Augustine Carter, partner at The Employment Law Group law firm and co-counsel representing Harrison.
"The tone of the leadership at Landon is one of arrogance, and Landon's Board is not exercising its fiduciary duties to oversee how David Armstrong, the Headmaster, is managing its employees," said Carter.
"With this latest in a string of recent scandals under Mr. Armstrong's watch, it is clear that no one is taking charge at this well-known institution, where these scandals have reinforced a perception of privilege and entitlement," added Carter.
Landon, has about 700 students in grades three through 12, and is one of the area's renowned private schools. Its annual tuition hovers in the $30,000 range.
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SOURCE The Employment Law Group