A former District 150 principal has sued her old employer in federal court for racial discrimination.
Mary Davis, who is white, alleges in her five-count suit, filed Feb. 14 in U.S. District Court in Peoria, that she was treated differently than black administrators by “terminating her from employment with it when African-American administrators employed by the district engaged in conduct which was as serious, if not more serious, than the conduct alleged against (her) and either received no discipline or discipline which was significantly less serious than the discipline assessed against (her).”
Her attorney, James Baker of Springfield, was out of the office for the week and couldn’t be reached for comment.
The suit, which names the Board of Education as the sole defendant, also alleges civil rights violations and that she was terminated without cause. She seeks back pay, reinstatement of her job as well as monetary damages.
Davis, 52, of Dunlap was charged in April 2010 with 16 felony counts of official misconduct and theft. The counts allege that while principal at Charles Lindbergh Middle School she took money several times between 2005 and 2007. A trial has been set for later this year.
The official misconduct charges all allege she “knowingly performed an act which she knows was forbidden by law,” that act being theft of government property. The theft charges carry a range of one to three years or three to seven years behind bars, depending on whether the amount was more than $300. Official misconduct has a prison range of two to five years.
Probation is a sentencing option for all the charges.