Kanye West — Donda Academy Directors Request To Be Removed From Ex-Teachers’ Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination At Rapper’s School
Three directors at Kanye West’s Donda Academy want out of an ongoing lawsuit!
Cecila Hailey and Chekarey Byers — who claimed to have been the only “African American Teachers” at Donda — sued Kanye West individually as well as the institution and its directors Chris Julian, Brianne Cambell, and Allison Tidwell. In the lawsuit, the defendants were accused of violating the labor code through retaliation and engaging in racial discrimination.
However, according to RadarOnline, Julian, Cambell and Tidwell are demanding a judge dismiss them from the case.
They contend that the:
“Plaintiffs’ claim against the Individual Defendants fails, because Plaintiffs fail to allege any facts suggesting the Individual Defendants were their employers or that they personally “violated or caused to be violated” provisions of the Labor Code.”
The directors also noted that the plaintiffs make no specific allegations about any instances in which the opposing parties interacted, let alone in relation to the plaintiffs’ salaries.
Hailey claimed in the lawsuit that as soon as she began working at Donda, she discovered numerous health and safety problems as well as impermissible teaching methods. She and Byers said the private Christian institution lacked security, janitorial services, and a school nurse.
According to the suit,
“Specifically, they complained that DONDA ACADEMY does not have a proper disciplinary system, as students were being subject to severe bullying. In one incident, a student assaulted an eighth-grade student by slapping her, then attempted to assault another teacher. The student had multiple accounts of bullying, both physically and verbally, that had gone without discipline. However, there are several students with bullying issues that remain unaddressed. Plaintiff BYERS complained that the student who became violent should be expelled from DONDA ACADEMY.”
“Defendant WEST did not believe in cleaning products containing chemicals, so teachers were only allowed to clean with acid water and microfiber cloths. There were no trash cans outside of the classrooms or the kitchen.”
The ex-teachers stated that because Kanye West “reportedly did not want children or staff to go upstairs since he was reportedly afraid of stairs,” there were no classes on the second floor. Students were also allegedly only permitted to eat sushi for lunch.
Hailey and Byers claimed they brought up a number of issues, but nothing was done. Instead, they were allegedly referred to as “aggressive.”
The former teachers hold the opinion that this kind of response “facilitates stereotypes about African-American women as being confrontational simply for doing their jobs and voicing their legitimate concerns in order to provide a safe environment and proper education for their students.”
Hailey joined Donda as a substitute teacher in November 2022 before being hired as a third-grade teacher. Byers started working at the institution as a fifth-grade teacher in January 2023. They’re seeking unspecified damages, alleging they were fired in March 2023 without being given a good explanation.
The judge hasn’t made a decision about the motion to remove the directors.
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