According to a recent lawsuit, #MeritlessMary – Mary R. Watson a dean at The New School university in New York City – helped have a Black woman professor fired. Allegedly, the termination was in retaliation for reporting Watson’s racist actions. #MeritlessMary appears to be much less qualified as a professor than the Black woman, award-winning filmmaker and scholar Dr. Robin J. Hayes.
PROGRESSIVE PUPIL FOUNDER DR. ROBIN J. HAYES
SUES FORMER EMPLOYER THE NEW SCHOOL
OVER BEING FIRED AFTER REPORTING DISCRIMINATION
AND BEING TOLD TO “DO LESS AROUND DIVERSITY”
While Robin was a tenure track professor at The New School, she directed the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, produced the prize-winning play 9 GRAMS, and collaborated with community-based organizations throughout the US, Great Britain, and Germany. The lawsuit her attorneys filed today alleges the university’s senior leadership subjected Robin to years of harassment, disparate treatment, and inequitable compensation because of her race, gender, color and sexual orientation.
After she reported this discrimination to Human Resources, she was fired.
With this action, The New School destroyed Robin’s future prospects for tenure as well as her ability to teach and mentor students full time. Since Progressive Pupil was also headquartered at the university, the organization’s community engagement and creative work has been negatively impacted by the loss of office space and other administrative and academic support.
Unfortunately, Robin’s lawsuit is just the most recent in a string of discrimination allegations against the The New School. The New York Post reported that university administrators refused to investigate or fire a straight White male professor who was accused of repeatedly raping and kidnapping students. No, we’re not exaggerating. Recently via Twitter, an African American student claimed administrators at The New School pressured her to leave the university after she was attacked by white supremacists on campus.
The university claims to be a bastion for social justice and dissent, while its senior officials repeatedly refuse to address discrimination within its ranks.
This hypocrisy is The New School Hate. Don’t let them get away with it.
- Share graphics from this link – http://bit.ly/SupportDrHayes – on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook with the hashtags #TheNewSchoolHate #SupportDrHayes Tag @TheNewSchool @davidvanzandt.
- Tell university president David Van Zandt to Stop The New School Hate and Support Dr. Hayes email@example.com 212-229-5656
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You can read the complete lawsuit at http://progressivepupil.org/thenewschoolhate/.
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