Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Lawsuit Claims White DOE Administrators Were Demoted Because Of Race

May 30, 2019 - 2:06 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Three veteran New York City school administrators have filed a whopping $90 million reverse discrimination lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education, claiming they were forced out of their positions because of a diversity initiative.

In the lawsuit, senior administrators Lois Herrera, Jaye Murray and Laura Feijoo – who are all white women – claim Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza instituted a crusade against white employees at the DOE as he moved to diversify the most segregated schools in the nation.

“They were mortified, they were devastated, they were humiliated,” said attorney Davida Perry.

According to the filing, despite working for the DOE for decades, each woman was suddenly demoted in the last year and the DOE “swiftly and irrevocably silenced, sidelined and punished plaintiffs and other Caucasian female DOE employees on the basis of their race, gender and unwillingness to accept their other colleagues’ hateful stereotypes about them.”

“LaShawn Robinson, who's the Deputy Chancellor, said that Caucasian colleagues quote, ‘had to take a step back and yield to colleagues of color and recognize that values of white culture are supremacists,’” Perry claimed.

Chancellor Carranza called the women's allegations false and suggested that they didn't have the students’ best interests in mind.

“If your agenda is an adult agenda and not a student agenda, then perhaps the Department of Education is not the right department for you to work in,” Carranza said of the filing.

In a statement to the New York Post, the Department of Education repeated: “We hire the right people to get the job done for kids and families, and these claims of ‘reverse racism’ have no basis in fact.”