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February 25, 2020
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MANSFIELD TEACHER REACHES SETTLEMENT IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Feb. 25, 2020) — Art teacher Stacy Bailey and Mansfield I.S.D. have reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the district. The school district approved the details of the settlement at a meeting on February 24th. “This settlement is a win-win for Stacy and the educators and students in Mansfield I.S.D.,” said Bailey’s attorney Jason Smith.
Bailey will make a statement today, February 25th at 1:30 P.M. at:
612 8th Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104.
Statement will be live streamed here. Copies of statement available after 1:30PM CST.
Bailey was an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary who was twice selected Teacher of the Year. During a welcome to school presentation in August of 2017, Bailey showed a photo of her “future wife,” along with photos of her family. She was accused of promoting a “homosexual agenda” and shortly after sharing the photo she was suspended for over 8 months.
In May 2018, Bailey filed suit against Mansfield I.S.D. and then Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas asserting she had been discriminated against because of her sexual orientation in violation of the United States Constitution. In October of 2019, Federal Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that the Constitution clearly protected Bailey’s right to be free from sexual orientation discrimination. “The Judge’s decision in this case sends a message to school districts all across this country: The Constitution protects gay teachers from discrimination” attorney Smith said
On February 24, 2020, the Mansfield I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted to approve the settlement which provides:
- Mansfield ISD agrees will withdraw the designation of “Administrative Leave” regarding Plaintiff’s 8 month suspension, and agree that Plaintiff may freely represent that she has not be suspended or investigated to Districts to which she may apply for future employment.
- As part of Mansfield ISD’s social/emotional health training, MISD agrees to provide mandatory training to Human Resource and Counseling staff regarding LGBTQ issues in schools, and offer optional training to be attended by administrators, educators, staff, or parents who may wish to attend such training.
- Mansfield I.S.D. Board of Trustees will take a vote whether to add a prohibition of “sexual orientation” discrimination to its policies within 60 days of the end of the Supreme Court term.
- Mansfield I.S.D. will provide Bailey a letter of recommendation for any future employers.
- Mansfield will make a payment of $100,000 to Bailey and her attorney.
Bailey said “The agreements the district and I made in this settlement are a positive first step in making things better for gay employees, gay students and gay families in Mansfield.”
Stacy and her wife will donate $10,000 to a non-profit addressing LGBTQ student issues.
Stacy’s attorney Jason Smith will donate $10,000 of his reduced fee to the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality.
Bailey thanks Judge Lindsey for his ruling, her wife for her support, Mansfield I.S.D. President Karen Marcucci for showing leadership in her work to resolve the case, teachers and parents for showing their support, and the students of Charlotte Anderson elementary for showing Stacy so much love and light as a teacher.