A Florida teacher is suing her employer for discrimination. The school board didn’t give her a job that required teaching an hour of Spanish per day. The reason: she doesn’t speak Spanish.
Third grade teacher at Coral Reef Elementary Tracy Rosner filed a federal employment discrimination lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County School Board, claiming that her white prevented her from getting the job.
After a decade of working at Coral Reef Elementary, Rosner requested last year to teach reading and language arts to students in the Extended Foreign Language (EFL) program. The EFL program at the school is the track that offers students an hour a day of Spanish speaking, writing and grammar.
The school rejected Rosner’s request because it requires that reading and language arts instructors of the EFL program speak Spanish, said the lawsuit. The teacher considered that principal could just assign some other Spanish-speaking teacher to take the hour a day of Spanish instruction for her students. But instead, she was not considered for the job because of lack of language skills.
Rosner says the principal had an unfair policy of requiring its foreign language teachers to actually speak the language they were teaching. Rosner claims that she was "otherwise fully qualified" for the job and that the policy is discriminatory.
The lawsuit claims that non-Spanish speakers are a minority population in Miami-Dade County and that seeking employment solely from Spanish speakers "disproportionately affects" Rosner and others like her.
Rosner’s lawyers said she was denied the job “because of her race and national origin as a Non-Hispanic individual who was not a fluent and native Spanish-speaker.”