Landon School Employee Alleges Culture of Discrimination Against Hispanics in $ 2 Million Lawsuit

May 30, 2012
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Landon School Employee Alleges Culture of Discrimination Against
Hispanics in $ 2 Million Lawsuit

Rockville, MD – Today at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Timothy Harrison
filed a $2-million lawsuit against Bethesda, Maryland’s Landon School alleging retaliation for
reporting blatant discrimination against several Hispanic maintenance workers (Case Number:

Harrison, who was the Director of the Office of Finance and Operations at Landon, is
suing for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and for Landon to put an end to its
culture of discrimination. The suit alleges that Landon’s actions have caused both the plaintiff
Harrison and the other employees involved unnecessary pain and suffering.
Harrison says that he is bringing this suit to assist the workers who are allegedly still
being humiliated by supervisors who openly discriminate against them – referring to them as
“spics” – and who make their workplace miserable, according to related testimony from the
Hispanic workers.

“I wanted to help the men who worked hard for me and for Landon, but Mr. Armstrong
(Headmaster and Harrison’s supervisor at Landon) would not allow me to fire two supervisors
who have problems with their multicultural workforce. When I persisted, Landon turned on me.”
“Landon is suffering under leaders who ended the employment of a respected and
accomplished administrator. Tim Harrison is blowing the whistle on discrimination in the
workplace but rather than investigating and addressing a culture of bias against its Hispanic and
minority workers, Landon continues discriminatory practices and has turned on Tim Harrison,”
said Adam Augustine Carter, partner at The Employment Law Group law firm and co-counsel
representing Harrison.

“The tone of the leadership at Landon is one of arrogance, and Landon’s Board is not
exercising its fiduciary duties to oversee how David Armstrong, the Headmaster, is managing its
employees,” said Carter.

“With this latest in a string of recent scandals under Mr. Armstrong’s watch, it is clear
that no one is taking charge at this well-known institution, where these scandals have reinforced
a perception of privilege and entitlement,” added Carter.

Landon, has about 700 students in grades three through 12, and is one of the area’s
renowned private schools. Its annual tuition hovers in the $30,000 range.


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