Gateway School District facing lawsuit for denying woman position while in interracial marriage

Gateway School District facing lawsuit for denying woman position while in interracial marriage

Sheldon Ingram

A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that Korie Morton-Rozier was denied the position of athletic director in the Gateway School District due to her interracial marriage.

It specifically names school board member Paul Caliari as having a discriminatory views against her candidacy because of her marriage, based on a text message he sent to other board members.

In the lawsuit, it says Morton-Rozier is white and her husband is African American.

The text message sent out to board members in February says “didn’t she start dating the darkies?”

Morton-Rozier is represented by attorney Todd Hollis, “to the extent that who she is married to becomes part of the equation, obviously, that’s a problem. I applaud her because this is something that she and her husband took a stance on.”

Caliari tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the text message was not making reference to Morton-Rozier, but, instead, another person who was involved in a relationship with someone with the last name, “Darkey.”

When asked if he objected to Morton-Rozier being in an interracial marriage as a candidate as athletic director, he responded: “absolutely not! That is simply 100 percent untrue. I was in favor of Korie getting the position.”

However, Caliari says he ultimately voted for her competitor for the position based on his outstanding presentation.

Morton-Rozier is seeking punitive and compensatory damages in the lawsuit.

Gateway’s solicitor did not respond to a request for comment.

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