A former Maryland teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing a black principal of forcing him out of his job because he is white.
Jon Everhart sued the Prince George’s County school board, alleging that he faced years of racial discrimination by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus at Largo High School, The Washington Post reported.
“She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white [expletive],’” Mr. Everhart said. “Her behavior was so outlandish.”
Mr. Everhart, who was fired in 2010, said the principal told students that the “only reason a white teacher teaches in P.G. County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.”
Ms. Simpson-Marcus called the allegations unfounded.
“I never said any of those things,” she told The Post. “I don’t use that kind of language.”
Mr. Everhart was among several Largo High School employees who filed lawsuits alleging harassment. Some who filed said they were mistreated for vocally supporting Mr. Everhart, The Post reported.
Mr. Everhart said he suffered high blood pressure and heart problems because of he ongoing harassment at Largo.
The former teacher’s award is for compensatory damages. The school system has 30 days to respond to the judge’s order and could file an appeal, The Post reported.
“Justice was served,” Mr. Everhart said. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.”