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Ex-school worker’s racial discrimination suit goes to trial

December 23, 2019 GMT

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former state representative and human relations director for a Connecticut city’s public schools heads to court in the new year.

Bruce Morris’ complaint filed in July 2017 will be heard beginning in mid-January at Superior Court in Stamford, according to a story in The Hour of Norwalk published Sunday.

Morris says his employment with Norwalk’s schools was terminated in 2016 because he is black, because of his previous opposition to discriminatory practices and his status as a state legislator. He said the district failed to provide a legitimate reason for his termination.

He names the city of Norwalk, the school board and the school system as defendants.

According to court documents, city Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said he felt Morris did not perform his duties and responsibilities. The school district cited budget cuts for eliminating Morris’ position.

Evidence in the case includes emails from the chairman that refer to Morris as a “snake” and “openly insubordinate.”

Lyons’ attorney, Dennis Dauro, said his client’s words were “tartly put,” but prioritized the district’s best interests.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 15.