Instructor claims East Texas community college fired her because of race

By John Suayan | Sep 19, 2018

TYLER – A former instructor at a community college in East Texas claims that the school fired her because she is black.

Toledo Montgomery filed a lawsuit against Kilgore College in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas on Sept. 17.

Though the defendant employed her on a contract stipulating she “could be terminated only for cause,” Montgomery was reportedly fired for complaining about a coworker who refused to follow her instructions.

Court documents assert that the plaintiff last year “began to have difficulty with a particular junior instructor” who was uncooperative.

“When Ms. Montgomery, confronted this junior instructor, the junior instructor indicated that race was a factor in the junior instructor’s refusal to follow Ms. Montgomery’s instructions,” the suit says.

According to the complaint, the respondent refused to investigate or take any remedial action.

Montgomery further explains that her professional position was continuously undermined through July 2017. She alleges the school’s decision not to renew her contract was in response to her inability to get along with the instructor.

Consequently, Montgomery seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Timothy David Craig of the Stuckey & Garrigan Law Office in Nacogdoches is representing the complainant.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 6:18-CV-0486

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