*A Caucasian woman in Florida is feeling the sting of racism faced by black folk on the regular. She says that ever since the higher ups at her former school learned that her significant other is a black man, she has been “treated differently” and was ultimately fired from her job.
Audrey Dudek, a former math teacher at Edgewater High School, is suing the Orange County School District as a result.
“This isn’t about sending a message. This is about getting justice for a teacher that was terminated unlawfully,” said Suzanne Tzuanos, an Orlando attorney.
According to claims in the lawsuit, the school’s principal at the time; along with the assistant principal, allegedly treated Dudek differently “because she closely associated with non-whites.”
The lawsuit also claims that school officials were “shocked and offended” once it was revealed that Stacey, who is now Dudek’s husband, is black and that her classroom was called “Club Audrey” because she played “black music” and associated with non-white faculty members.
According to Tzuanos, who apparently believes her client has a strong case, “The assistant principal complained to her, to her face, [about] talking to, and I quote, ‘those people’ referring to black members of the faculty and staff.”
And more claims in the lawsuit say Dudek’s performance reviews had been manipulated and that the teacher was subjected to a racially charged spoof from white faculty members, who performed in black face, Afro wigs, gold teeth and baggy clothing.
To no one’s surprise, the school district is denying all claims and say that Dudek’s teaching contract was not renewed due to budget cuts.
But attorney Tzuanos countered saying, “The budget didn’t go down in that period of time. Ms. Dudek is a math teacher. There’s a critical need for math teachers at Orange County Public Schools, so the district’s explanation does not hold water.”
An investigation by the The Florida Commission on Human Rights appears to agree with the teacher and has determined there is reason to believe Dudek was “treated differently based on her gender and race association.”
The School District has refused to make any further statements but “denies all allegations of discrimination by Ms. Dudek” pending litigation.
Dudek is seeking a jury trial.
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