Missouri school district employees sue over allegedly unconstitutional
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu Aug 19 07:47:40 2021
By Sam Dorman
Published 18 hours ago
Two employees of Missouri's largest school district are alleging that
so-called "equity" trainings violated their constitutional rights by
forcing them to endorse certain beliefs about race – adding to the already-mounting legal scrutiny of attempts to push critical race
theory (CRT) and its associated ideas.
Filed on Wednesday, the lawsuit centers around the purported
experiences of Brooke Henderson, a process coordinator focused on
advocating for students with disabilities, and records secretary
Jennifer Lumley during training sessions last fall. While Lumley was
allegedly berated for disagreeing with the content, Henderson claims
she had to affirm statements she disagreed with in order to progress in
the mandatory training.
Springfield Public Schools (SPS), according to the lawsuit, also
threatened to revoke credit for the training if employees didn't
"participate completely." In doing so, it purportedly set up an "unconstitutional condition of employment" and chilled district
The federal lawsuit reads: "Plaintiffs and all other similarly situated
staff risk employment penalties for exercising their right to avoid
messages with which they disagree and express messages with which they
"Plaintiffs and similarly situated staff are threatened with docked pay
and loss of credit hours if they do not affirm those beliefs and
participate in those trainings, both in the past and going forward."
Rufo has partnered with SLF and others with the goal of eventually
obtaining a Supreme Court decision that strikes down so-called "equity"
and "anti-racist" as violations of the 14th Amendment.