School employee alleges workplace retaliation for lawsuit

Posted: June 16, 2013

An attendance clerk at Woodrow Wilson High School who filed a lawsuit last month alleging attendance inflation by her superiors and the Camden School District has filed a new charge claiming retaliation.

Roxanne Garrett is claiming that the school district retaliated against her by removing her from her position at Wilson when she returned from a stress leave June 7.

In a May 22 complaint, Garrett accused school officials of attendance inflation and also that former principal Tyrone Richards sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment. The new charge was filed Friday in Superior Court.

"Aside from stripping plaintiff of her duties as attendance clerk, plaintiff was physically relocated from her professional office setting at Woodrow Wilson High School to a trailer at Pyne Poynt" Middle School, the amended complaint states.

Garrett's new duty consists of filing, according to the complaint. Interim Superintendent Reuben Mills did not return calls for comment Friday afternoon.

In the complaint, Garrett describes the district as having an "everyone should fear for their job" mentality.

Garrett, who has been in the district for 23 years, claims to have been subjected to sex as a condition of employment while working with Richards from 2008 to 2012 and also being pressured to change attendance records. Garrett's attorney, Matthew Wolf, said Garrett, whose job was to document daily attendance, never changed any records but believes data were regularly changed.


Contact Claudia Vargas at 856-779-3917, cvargas@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @InqCVargas. Read her blog, "Camden Flow," at www.philly.com/camden_flow.

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