A Florida educator, Amy Donofrio was rewarded $300,000 after taking her school district to court over a BLM flag she had hanging on the door of her classroom.
Her administration at Riverside High School reprimanded her about the flag, and when she refused to remove it, she was fired.
According to her counsel The Southern Poverty Law Center, Amy was retaliated against for supporting the movement and her First Amendment rights were violated.
After a very short court case, Amy was awarded $300,000 because the school district decided to settle.
According to Baller Alert:
As part of the agreement, Donofrio withdrew her discrimination claims with the Office of the Inspector General and dropped her civil action against the district.
In addition, she canceled all public records requests she made concerning her case.
The most damning term of the settlement is the fact that Donofrio cannot seek re-employment with Duval Schools, which she said devasted her “beyond what I can fully articulate.”
The school board agreed to fork over $300,000, with $240,000 going directly to Donofrio while the remaining $60,000 would be paid to her attorneys.
“Though we know we haven’t done anything wrong, these are taxpayer dollars,” board member Warren Jones said about the settlement.
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We are happy Amy won this case, it will be interesting if it can be used as precedence for other similar cases involving black and brown educators.
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