Discrimination claim against SD2 dismissed by state

2012-08-20T22:32:00Z 2012-08-21T11:03:48Z Discrimination claim against SD2 dismissed by stateGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry dismissed a discrimination claim brought against School District 2 earlier this year by one of the candidates who applied for the interim superintendent position in November.

Mary Wells, one of four candidates for the job, wrote in her complaint that she was passed over because of her race. Wells is black.

The board hired retired SD2 Superintendent Jack Copps.

In her complaint, filed with Labor and Industry, Wells states she was clearly qualified to take over as interim superintendent and that SD2 violated state law by hiring Copps.

In its response, Labor and Industry “found no reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred,” wrote Marieke Beck, human rights bureau chief for Labor and Industry.

Wells can appeal the decision to the Montana Human Rights Commission or file a lawsuit in district court.

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