Former custodian sues for discrimination
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — A lawsuit has been filed against the Iowa City Community School District by a former night custodian who claims he was passed over for a promotion because English was not his first language, according to The Gazette.
The lawsuit states that Hung Le, who moved from Vietnam to the United States in the 1970s, was hired as a night custodian for the Iowa City school district in 2007, the article stated.
According to the article, Le applied for an internal transfer in August 2010 for one of two night custodial positions at different schools within the district that would have come with a promotion.
The lawsuit alleges that two white males who applied for the same position and were "less qualified" were hired instead of him, the article noted.
In the lawsuit, Le claims that the school district discriminated against him and violated Iowa Code by failing to promote him and instead hiring two men with lesser qualifications, the article added.
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