BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Buffalo Public School administrators who were fired in April because they weren’t properly certified to hold their positions plan to sue the school district for $3 million each.
Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison Alexander will ask for the settlement to cover the costs of losing their jobs, benefits, and moving expenses. Their lawyer says since they were terminated it will prevent them from getting any jobs in the future.
Their lawyer, Raymond Kot, has filed a notice of claim giving officials notice that the women plan to sue. The claim names all nine school board members and specifically takes aim at Carl Paladino, accusing him of libel, slander and defamation of character.
School board elections are Tuesday, making some wonder if the timing of the claim is a coincidence or not. “Since all nine school board members, current school board members, are named we think it’s fair the public to have an opportunity to know this before they go ahead and make their decision on Tuesday,” said Kot.
Kot says the claim had to be filed within 90 days after the termination of the two women on April 2.
When asked if Kot thinks the timing will be viewed as a vindictive move, he replied, “I don’t know. We believe there was malice as far as the termination so as far as any vindictiveness I believe the defendants brought about the vindictiveness on themselves and I’m just doing my job to defend them and their good names.”
Both notice of claims were filed outside New York State, where each woman currently resides, in Georgia and Florida. Kot is hoping they will have a better chance at receiving the maximum settlement out of state.