The New York City public school system has come under fire this week over job listings that specifically seek “teachers of color” for open teaching positions.
According to a report from the New York Post, the New York City public school system is specificaly targeting minorities for new job openings. Representatives from the school system have recently pushed for a more “diversified” teaching staff.
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, who is facing a $90 million anti-white discrimination lawsuit for his conduct in the public school system, has established several racial “equity” initiatives since taking over the role. Now, some are saying he’s taken his push for diversity to the next level.
“This job posting is a continuation of fighting discrimination with more discrimination and underscores our clients’ allegations, namely, that they were targeted for demotion in responsibility and role on the basis of their race and gender,” said attorney Davida Perry, who represents the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Carranza, said in a comment about the job posting.
And Perry isn’t the only legal expert who believes that the job posting is discriminatory. Manhattan employment lawyer David Gottlieb argues that the job listing “creates a very strong inference that they are favoring a particular racial group in the hiring process.”
“So, playing this out, if a qualified applicant who is not a person of color is denied the job, that person could bring a claim for discrimination and that job posting would be strong evidence that race/color played a factor in the decision,” he added.
Gottlieb is joined in that opinion by civil rights and labor law attorney Michael O’Neill told the Post that the job listing is a clear violation of the city Human Rights Law.
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