A Mobile County Public School System employee recently filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the school system, Superintendent Martha L. Peek and members of the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County.
Suellen Shaw claims in a suit filed March 11 that she was denied multiple positions as a driver’s education teacher based on her gender.
Hired by MCPSS as a Physical Education teacher in 1995, Shaw became certified to teach driver’s education in 2000.
She taught driver’s education at Ben C. Rain High School for 11 years before transferring to Satsuma High School.
In 2012, Shaw was transferred from her driver’s education position due to the withdrawal of Satsuma High School from the MCPSS.
According to the court fillings, Shaw, a tenured employee, began to actively seek another driver’s education position within the system once she transferred.
Throughout a period of several months, Shaw claims human resources officials and several school principals told her no driver’s education positions were available.
Between April and July of 2012, male driver’s education teachers were hired at Blount High School, Mary G. Montgomery High School and Baker High School.
The suit claims Shaw should have had priority placement over non-tenured driver’s education teachers seeking the same positions.
The plaintiff is also alleging MCPSS failed or refused to post notice of the positions at Blount, Baker, and MGM, which would be a violation its own polices and of Alabama State Law.
Shaw claims all of her employment evaluations indicate satisfactory performance in her capacity as a driver’s education instructor, and not being hired for the positions listed in the suit is a direct result of her gender.
She also claims the placement of males as driver’s education teachers is part of a pattern of discrimination in MCPSS.
Lagniappe reviewed the staff directories of the system’s 12 traditional high schools, and it appears there are no females listed as driver’s education teachers.
Because it is a pending legal matter, no one from MCPSS was able to comment on the case.
Attempts to reach Shaw and her attorney for comment were not immediately successful.