Federal Court at Greenbelt Maryland has awarded Plaintiff Everhart another $198,170.00 in back pay. A Maryland jury already awarded the same teacher $350,000 in damages after he sued the Prince George County school district for discrimination at the hands of his former principal.
Jon Everhart, 65, filed his lawsuit way back in 2010, suing the Prince George County School District for discrimination after Largo High School Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus reportedly “subjected him to abuse because of his race.”
Everhart says Simpson-Marcus called him “poor white trash” and a “white bitch” and even told students that the “only reason a white teacher teaches in [Prince George] County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.”
Everhart claims the abuse started in 2003 when both were teachers at Largo High School.
He says Simpson-Marcus threatened him that if she ever became principal she would fire him first.
Everhart’s attorney, said, “Everhart, who was once named the school’s Teacher of the Year and who received stellar evaluations, started to receive unsatisfactory performance evaluations” after Simpson-Marcus was hired as principal in 2007.
Everhart was fired in 2009.
Several other faculty members have reported that Simpson-Marcus “routinely called her secretaries names, such as ‘chicken heads,’ ‘ghetto,’ and ‘hood rats.’”
Teachers at the school said they were abused for vocally supporting Everhart, who they considered an exceptional teacher.
Simpson-Marcus has denied any wrongdoing, telling the press, “I never said any of those things. I don’t use that kind of language.”
The jury disagreed and now the Federal judge has decided how much back pay and benefits Everhart deserves.
“Justice was served,” Everhart said after the hearing. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.”
Separate Orders have already been entered in the case relative to the reinstatement of pension and health benefits to Plaintiff Everhart and the expungement of certain negative information from the records pertaining to Plaintiff Everhart in Defendant BOE’s files and the files of related entities. ECF Nos. 231,232.Those Orders are hereby incorporated the Federal Judge wrote.
The Final Federal court order further stated that, as set forth in both Orders, the equitable relief awarded by the Court in these two Orders only is STAYED pending final disposition of the matter on appeal.
The Court ENTERS final judgment in favor of Plaintiff Everhart and against Defendant BOE in the amount of $548.170.00 ($350,000.00 + $198,170.00). Should Defendant BOE appeal this Final Order of Judgment in order to stay its effect, Defendant BOE must POST an appropriate supersedeas bond in conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of this Court. The Federal judge wrote that,” This is intended to be a Final Order of Judgment and thus appealable immediately.
However, the Court intends to decide the matter of Plaintiff Everhart’s attorney’s fees during the pendency of the appeal. It is so ORDERED this 18th day of March, 2016. The order concludes.
In august 2015, already the Federal court awarded a further $600, 000.00 in attorney fees in this case and another reward is expected within 30 days. In the meantime, the Prince George’s county continues the same illegal behavior as though Business as usual. If anything, things have gotten much worse than ever before under the current masters of retaliatory measures!
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