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Teacher who doesn't speak Spanish sues after being rejected from job teaching Spanish

A non-Spanish-speaking teacher at Coral Reef Elementary is suing her employer for rejecting her from a job that required her to teach the language.
A non-Spanish-speaking teacher at Coral Reef Elementary is suing her employer for rejecting her from a job that required her to teach the language. Google Maps

A non-Spanish-speaking teacher is suing her employer for rejecting her from a job that required her to teach the language.

Tracy Rosner, a third-grade teacher at Coral Reef Elementary in Palmetto Bay, Florida, applied to teach an extended foreign language track, which required teaching one hour of a foreign language daily, the Miami New Times reported.

But the district required that those taught Spanish in the extended foreign language track speak Spanish as well, and Rosner didn’t. She was turned down for the job.

In response, Rosner filed a federal lawsuit last week in the Southern District of Florida, alleging that the district’s policy of only hiring Spanish speakers was discriminatory against non-Spanish speakers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the New Times reported.

The lawsuit also alleged that Rosner, aside from her lack of facility with the Spanish language, was “fully qualified” for the job and could have fulfilled its requirements so long as the school assigned a Spanish-speaking instructor to the foreign language portion of the teaching position.

According to the lawsuit, after Rosner’s rejection, the school asked her to take on more teaching responsibilities to get back at her for applying. The lawsuit said Rosner sought a reversal from the school’s superintendent and other administrators with no results.

Neither the school board nor Rosner responded to the New Times’ requests for comment.

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