$500,000 Free Speech, Race Discrimination, Jury Verdict

Won a $500,000 jury verdict, plus a finding for punitive damages, for an African-American high school teacher who was disciplined by his school district, because he spoke out for the rights and safety of gay and lesbian students and staff at San Leandro High School. The case settled after trial for over $1.1 million.


Related News
  • Teacher Awarded $1 Million Laura Kiritsy, Bay Windows, September 12, 2002. In a decision sure to serve as a warning to school districts everywhere, a California high school teacher who was disciplined for discussing homophobia and racism with his Honors English class was awarded more than $1 million after reaching a settlement with his school district.
  • School "Gag Order" Ruled Unconstitutional Jason Bono, The Daily Review, August 9, 2002. A court has ruled unconstitutional a requirement that teachers in the San Leandro school district seek permission to discuss controversial topics outside the curriculum with students.

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