Admission Of Some Racist Text Messages Permitted In Suit Against School District

Mealey's (October 15, 2015, 2:01 PM EDT) -- PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania federal judge on Oct. 13 partly denied a school district’s motion to preclude evidence in a former employee’s discrimination lawsuit, finding that certain text messages containing racist exchanges involving the district’s superintendent were relevant and of probative value to the claims discrimination and retaliation claims at issue (Jahmal Phoenix v. Coatesville Area School District, No. 2:15-cv-00072, E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138917).

(Memorandum available. Document #68-151105-006Z.)

Discipline And Termination

Jahmal Phoenix was a teacher at Scott Middle School in Coatesville, Pa.,...
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