Columbia Public Schools is responding to a discrimination lawsuit filed by one of its principals.
Melita Walker filed the employment discrimination lawsuit on Thursday against the district saying an all-white interview panel rejected her for the principal job at Hickman High School in the spring of 2017. Walker is now the principal of West Middle School.
The district made the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
“Columbia Public Schools is steadfastly committed to creating an inclusive culture where the thoughts and ideas of all of our staff are heard, appreciated, and respected. As part of this commitment, CPS strives to provide an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The administration takes seriously all allegations of discrimination. In accordance with our district policies, all complaints are immediately investigated as soon as they are reported to the district.”
Out of respect for the privacy of our employees, and in accordance with state and federal law, Columbia Public Schools does not publicly comment about specific personnel matters, including pending litigation.