Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Judgment Against Prince George’s County School Board

LAW OFFICE OF BRYAN A. CHAPMAN

Employment Discrimination Attorney

bchapman@baclaw.com

202 508-1499

www.baclaw.com

On September 16, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Richmond, Virginia, affirmed the district court’s final order of judgment in Jon Everhart v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County, 11-cv-01196-PJM.

The Court stated:

“Based on the foregoing, we affirm the district court’s final order of judgment.  We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process ”

On March 15, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte entered judgment in favor of Jon Everhart, a former English teacher, and against the Board of Education of Prince George’s County.

In July 2014, a federal jury decided that the Board retaliated against Mr. Everhart after he complained about race discrimination.  Mr. Everhart, who is white, claimed that Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus, who is African American, harassed him because he is white. Mr. Everhart was terminated after he complained to Board officials about Principal Simpson-Marcus.

Mr. Everhart will receive a jury award of $350,000.00 in compensatory damages.  Mr. Everhart will also receive $198,170.00 in back pay.  Mr. Everhart’s total cash award is $548,170.00.

In addition to the cash award, Judge Messitte ordered the following:

  1. The Board of Education of Prince George’s County will provide Mr. Everhart with retiree health benefits;
  2. The Board of Education of Prince George’s County will increase the amount of Mr. Everhart’s pension by including the years 2010-2016;
  3. The Board of Education of Prince George’s County will expunge certain negative employment records from Mr. Everhart’s personnel file and related files; and,
  4. The Board of Education of Prince George’s County will pay Mr. Everhart’s attorney’s fees separately.

In total, the judgment against the Board of Education of Prince George’s County exceeds $1,148,170.00.

 

Bryan A. Chapman, Esquire

www.baclaw.com

bchapman@baclaw.com

202 508-1499

 

 

 

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