Oklahoma City Public Schools reached a settlement with a former district worker who alleged racial discrimination and retaliation by a top academic administrator, court documents show.
William Molden claimed in a lawsuit that he was unlawfully terminated from his job at U.S. Grant High School because of his race.
Molden, a former attendance advocate, alleged that Grant’s then-principal, Tamie Sanders, “treated him differently than the other non-black employees.” Sanders is white.
A closing order signed by a federal judge June 26 states “the parties have reached a settlement and compromise.”
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by Molden’s attorney or a school district representative.
“The Oklahoma City Public School District worked diligently through the legal process and we are pleased with the outcome,” district spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said in a statement. “The lawsuit against Tamie Sanders and several former and current OKCPS employees has been dismissed. In order to avoid the cost of litigation, the District is completing the specifics of a settlement with Mr. Molden and his attorney. The details of the settlement are confidential and cannot be released to the public. Because the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice it cannot be refiled and this issue has come to a definitive end.”
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