Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Black History Display Cost Paterson $36K in Lawsuit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Black History Display Cost Paterson $36K in Lawsuit

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PATERSON – A discrimination lawsuit over a Black History Month student art display that allegedly included images of primates has cost the Paterson school district almost $36,000.

Christopher Eutsey, who was a teacher at School 28 at the time of the art display in February 2015, claimed in his lawsuit that he lost his job because he complained that having the primate images adjacent to photos of African-American students was "offensive and discriminatory."

The Board of Education approved a $17,000 settlement in the lawsuit at its meeting last month. The district did not release the documents in the case until this week.

In addition to the settlement payment, Paterson Public School spent $18,892 on legal fees for the private law firm that represented the district, according to spokeswoman Terry Corallo. …

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