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Teacher who does not speak Spanish files discrimination lawsuit against Miami school after not getting job to teach Spanish

By Mason White 5:37 PM August 1, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
A teacher who identified herself as part of the white minority living in Miami, Florida, filed a lawsuit against the school district after not getting a job as a Spanish teacher despite the fact that she does not speak the language.

Tracy Rosner filed the federal employment discrimination lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County School Board, claiming that she did not get the job because she is white.

According to the court documents, Rosner worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years at Coral Reef Elementary.

Last year, Rosner requested to teach English to students as part of the Extended Foreign Language program, which allows kids to learn a language other than English for an hour per day.

The school rejected her application because the job requires teaching Spanish for an hour per day, a language that Rosner does not speak.

Rosner said that the school could have given the position of teaching Spanish to another teacher.

The lawsuit alleges that because non-Spanish speakers are in the minority population of Miami, denying Rosner because she does not speak Spanish, amounts to employment discrimination based on race and national origin.