FAIRFIELD — A school counselor’s lawsuit against the Fairfield-Suisun School District, contending she was reassigned as a part of a policy to place minority staff members into schools dominated by minority students, has to be amended to show the racial bias alleged in the suit, the attorney for the school counselor says.
Attorney Sabina Sadykhova, representing school counselor Vicki Strickland, said the suit will be amended after a ruling Friday by Solano County Superior Judge D. Scott Daniels.
The judge found that Strickland, who is black, failed to show her reassignment was racially motivated. Her suit hinted at the possibility that a white male co-worker avoided reassignment, the judge wrote.
Strickland, 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 elementary schools. The reassignment added to her workload, because no psychologist had been at the schools for several months, the suit states.
Strickland also contends the action followed her objections during contract negotiations that providing a year’s pay to psychologists completing their internships at the school district violated the Equal Pay Act.
The school district in a court document stated that Strickland’s displeasure with the reassignment is insufficient to establish that her employment was adversely affected or showed retaliation for objecting to intern pay. Facts don’t show the reassignment subjected her to more dire conditions than other school staff in these economically strapped times, the school district said.
The law firm representing the district declined to commend about Strickland’s lawsuit.
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