12 Filipino teachers in Louisiana, U.S.A. accuse school district of discrimination

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Over discrimination based on their national origin, twelve Pinoy teachers filed complaints accusing the Caddo Parish School Board in Louisiana, USA.

One of the complainants alleged: “I have been the victim of national origin discrimination (Filipino) in that I have been denied employment opportunities, benefits and pay due to my place of origin and/or physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics.” 

According to an article by Shreveport Times on Saturday, the teachers were allegedly discriminated based on their national origin, and Caddo district paid them less than their years of experience merited.

Earlier in September, as a Call for investigation, the teachers lodged their complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.

It turns out that Caddo Parish Schools have a policy that requires teaching experience outside the US to be acquired in an “institution or school accredited by an agency recognized in the US,” but advocates of teachers have argued that “no such agency exists.”

A member of a local teacher’s union ‘Red River United’ said: “I just don’t know if you can sense the level of righteous indignation that we feel about this… This is not new information to the district. They know they did it. They did it in a very deliberate manner.”

Allison Jones, a Shreveport lawyer representing the Filipino teachers, was quoted as claiming other parishes throughout Louisiana do not have this policy. The lawyer said: “If these Filipino teachers, for example, went to Bossier, they would get a $10-15k raise. … That’s the issue.”

As the school district had yet to receive copies regarding the complaints, Shreveport Times was not able to get a comment from the school’s spokesperson.