Brooklyn Gym Teacher Claims Retaliation, Files $15M Suit
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A city public school teacher is suing his bosses, claiming he's being punished for doing the right thing.
Brian Ross -- a tenured teacher at PS 132 in Williamsburg -- filed the suit in federal court Wednesday.
Ross says in April he was told he would have to teach gym at a building a few blocks away. He says when he brought his students to the building he was horrified by what he saw.
The suit claims there was chipping paint, holes in the walls and mold.
Ross says he was troubled by a lack of security, no medical equipment and no school nurse.
According to the whistle blower suit he filed, Ross complained to OSHA, which shut the building down in May. That's when, according to Ross, the retaliation began.
"Just a terrible circumstance. When I expressed this to my principal, she threatened my job. She explained to me that there's a line of people knocking at her door hoping they could have her job at the school," Ross said.
"We think it's outrageous. We think that no sane, reasonable parent would want their kids in an environment that is three blocks away from school property, with no security, no nurse, no staff," said Ross' attorney, Jeffrey Brown.
Education officials say the building is not owned by the Department of Education. It was used for a gym class for several days last year, but officials say there is no lease and the school is not currently using the building.
The lawsuit seeks to clear Ross' record of any disciplinary violations, along with $15 million in damages.
The City Law Department says it will review the suit once legal papers are received.
Ross says he has received an unsatisfactory review from his superiors; which the teacher's union is helping to appeal.