Racial bias suit still lacks facts, judge rules

By From page A5 | January 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A racial discrimination lawsuit contending the Fairfield-Suisun School District reassigned a psychologist, but not her co-worker, fails to show any adverse employment action by the school district, a Solano County Superior Court judge ruled.

Vicki Strickland, an African-American who began working for Fairfield-Suisun schools in 1988, said she was reassigned in 2008 from Nelda Mundy Elementary to H.G. Richardson, Tolenas and Mary Bird schools. The reassignment added to her workload, because no psychologist had been at the schools for several months, her suit states.

Judge Paul Beeman wrote in his ruling Wednesday that the lawsuit, amended after a September ruling by the judge, still does not adequately allege facts showing that the reassignment adversely affected Strickland.

“The allegations are still tantamount to claiming she experienced an increase in workload due to a need to adapt to unfamiliar job duties and a backlog created by a persistent vacancy,” the judge wrote. The suit doesn’t allege the reassignment resulted in a loss of salary, seniority, benefits or a promotion, Beeman added.

The amended suit also doesn’t show the duties were outside the description of Strickland’s original job, Beeman wrote.

Strickland has 20 days to file another amended complaint, the judge stated. Strickland has contended her reassignment was part of a policy to place minority staff members into schools dominated by minority students.

An attorney for the San Francisco law firm representing the school district said she could not comment on the judge’s ruling or the case because the matter is still in litigation. The attorney for Strickland could not be reached for comment.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • The MisterJanuary 24, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Playing the race card... I wonder where she learned that?

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  • ceeJanuary 24, 2014 - 7:49 am

    She needs to produce an interoffice memo stating that there is in fact such a program to move staffers based on the racial make up of schools. Asides from that she sounds like a normal, disgruntled employee who didn't like having to come in and clean up the last person's mess. On another note, shouldn't we be back billing for the court's time on lawsuits that have no merit?

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