Two teachers in Columbus schools’ gifted-student program sued their bosses in federal court yesterday, saying they’ve been discriminated against because they are white.
The lawsuit primarily is aimed at Toia Robinson, who oversees gifted education in Columbus City Schools and is black. It also names the Columbus Board of Education; district workers who investigate employee complaints; and top-level administrators, including Superintendent Gene Harris and Amy Dennis, who directs special-education and gifted programs.
The suit says that Robinson retaliated against teachers Elizabeth Gasior and Juli Knecht for speaking out about their concerns about the gifted program and Robinson’s treatment of employees.
The teachers seek an unspecified amount of money in compensatory and punitive damages.