The school was sued over claims they fired an employee for complaining about discrimination as well as engaging in union activities.
Suluki says she is of Haitian decent, is Muslim and wears Islamic clothing.
Naeemah Suluki was employed by the charter school as a lead family coach and was receiving a salary of around $43,000 plus benefits, according to the complaint.
She says she had reported racial and religious discrimination to the school’s human resources department on multiple occasions, but rather than take any action to correct the issue, they instead began retaliating against her.
According to the complaint, she was berated, suspended, threatened and ultimately terminated because of her reporting of racial discrimination.
“At no time did [Agora] have in place an effective anti-harassment policy, complaint structure, training and/or effective monitoring mechanism calculated to prevent or eliminate national origin, racial or religious based harassment and/or discrimination which they knew or should have known was occurring or could occur on the premises,” says the complaint.
Suluki says she is now suffering severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and depression as a result of the firing.
She is suing on two counts of state employment law violations with attorney Marc A. Weinberg of Saffren & Weinberg as counsel. The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Eduardo C. Robreno is presiding.
Agora did not return an email requesting comment.