Daily Israel Report

Court Rules Anti-Jewish Bias Case to Proceed

A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan ruled that the hostile work environment and religious discrimination lawsuit can proceed.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/18/2012, 12:59 PM

High school classroom (illustrative)
High school classroom (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A Jewish assistant principal, who has been subjected to anti-Semitic remarks made by his supervisor, is going to proceed with a lawsuit against New York's Department of Education.

A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan ruled that the hostile work environment and religious discrimination lawsuit filed by Peter Weiss can proceed.

Peter Weiss, former assistant principal of the School for Community Research and Learning, said principal William Mulqueen repeatedly called him a “pork-eating Jew” and complained about Jewish teachers and their “mannerisms.”

Weiss alleged that Mulqueen also made several references to Weiss “having more money than God” and refused to pay him overtime after he became religiously observant during the 2007-08 school year.

The principal then gave Weiss an “unsatisfactory” report, causing him to leave the school.

Weiss’ lawyer, Harry Weinberg, told the New York Daily News that he hopes Weiss and the Department of Education will reach a reasonable settlement at a hearing later this month. 

Weiss is now working as a substitute teacher, making about $40,000 less a year. He is seeking back pay since 2008, in addition to emotional damages.

“We are hopeful that now that the court has focused the issues, common sense will prevail and the parties can reach an amicable resolution of Peter’s claims,” Weinberg said.