NORWALK, Conn. – A perpetual Norwalk Board of Education critic has again provided Norwalk lawyers with something to do.
John Mosby – who worked in the school system for 30 years as a custodian – said at Tuesday’s BoE meeting that he had filed a lawsuit against the board. That “lawsuit” is a complaint to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights (CHRO) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging an illegal discriminatory practice.
Mosby alleges that the board is not responding to his comments because he is black. He specifically mentions the March 18 and April 8 board meetings.
“I charge the city of Norwalk and the Board of Education have retaliated against me and submitted me to disparate treatment because I filed a previous complaint of discrimination against the B.O.E.,” Mosby writes in his complaint, attached below. “The B.O.E. perpetrates its disparate treatment by systematically ignoring my complaints, while actually acknowledging and investigating the complaints the White parents and or citizens bring to its attention.”
“Of all his complaints to date, this is the strangest, because he’s seeking relief under employment discrimination statutes for something that has nothing to do with employment (his false claim that we never answer his questions when he talks at board meetings but do so for white speakers),” BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said in an email. “Even if his claims were true (which they aren’t), since they don’t involve employment matters, neither the CHRO or EEOC have any jurisdiction to hear them, so I assume they’ll be dismissed. But it will take up Corporation Counsel and staff time and once again waste taxpayer resources fighting frivolous complaints of his.
“Jeff Spahr is handling the matter,” he wrote, “(fresh off his latest success in getting Mr. Mosby’s final appeal for reconsideration of the dismissal of his FOIC complaint against us itself rejected; see attached).”