NY Case States that Employer Can’t Discriminate on the Basis of Race to Appease Client
Recently in New York State, a woman sued a school district saying she was fired from her position as the school principal because the parents wanted a black principal running their child’s school. The woman, Barbara Pleener charged race discrimination in that parents had insisted the board of education find a black person to run the school their children attended.
In this case, Pleener v. New York City Board of Education, the court said that it is not okay for an employer to discriminate against a person on the basis of race even if they claim it is for a client's happiness. Pleener cited race as a reason for her termination as she was replaced by a black principal. However, Pleener lost her case because the district proved her firing was based on the fact that parents had become outraged when she fired someone with a record of insubordination less severe than her own record.