NORWALK, Conn. — State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) has withdrawn his complaints of discrimination against the Norwalk Board of Education, Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said in an email to BoE members.
“He has the option of filing suit (if he chooses to pursue his claims) within 90 days of the date of release (i.e., by June 28),” BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said.
Morris did not reply to a phone call nor an email.
Morris had claimed, in a complaint to the Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), that, since 2011, he was denied $79,740 in wages as a human relations officer because of discriminatory practices by Norwalk Public Schools.
Morris filed the complaint on May 23 while amicably negotiating with Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski for a retirement package, saying nothing about the action, Spahr said in his Feb. 2 response to the Commission.
Morris sought during continued negotiations to remain a consultant with NPS, in addition to receiving a pension. He requested that his salary be backdated to be a higher amount, so that his pension would be higher.
The complaint described a “substantial history of racial discrimination.” He followed it with a second complaint, stating that he would have had to release NPS from any legal damages due to discrimination if he accepted the retirement package, again requesting damages.
CHRO issued a release of jurisdiction on March 30. Morris requested the release, Lyons said.
Morris has been talking about running for mayor.