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New York City to pay over $2 million settlement for discrimination against white educators

The city of New York will pay a settlement of over $2 million to three white female Department of Education employees over their charges of being replaced by “less-qualified people of color.”

Lois Herrera, Jaye Murray and Laura Feijoo each will receive $700,000, the New York Post reports.

The three have waited five years for a resolution to their complaints, which included former Chancellor Richard Carranza’s crusade against so-called “toxic whiteness.”

Herrera, holder of a master’s degree from Harvard, claimed one of Carranza’s deputies “stripped” her of her Office of Safety and Youth Development CEO title and replaced her with Mark Rampersant, who’s black and has a GED.

Murray was demoted from her position of Office of Counseling Support Programs executive director and told to report to Rampersant.

Feijoo, who once was in charge of 46 NYC Dept. of Education superintendents, was replaced with a black woman who at the time “lacked the required NY licensing.”

According to the lawsuit, all three women’s positions weren’t even advertised as vacant, nor were candidates interviewed for them.

In depositions, both Carranza and former NYC mayor Bill De Blasio said they “wanted to hire the most qualified candidates,” but also people who “looked like New York City.”

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Five years ago, The College Fix reported on “white female executives” in the NYC DOE who had planned to sue over the department’s “hostility toward whites” and Carranza’s “sweeping reorganization” which “pushed aside” Caucasians. Sources had told the Post then that Carranza informed white employees “they must give up power or lose responsibilities no matter how well they have performed.”

In October of 2019, another white (and female) DOE employee who, ironically, was in charge of making sure more minority students got into Advanced Placement classes, sued for race discrimination after being accused, among other things, of “refusing to acknowledge her own white supremacy [and] racism.”

She also had to endure Glenn Singleton‘s race trainings, and was told by a colleague to “study” Robin DiAngelo‘s book “White Fragility.”

In the recent settlement, the DOE admitted no wrongdoing and insisted the women’s charges “lack merit.” A spokesman for its Law Department said “The DOE and City are fully committed to fair and inclusive employment practices.”

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