Henry Adams once said that, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Teachers play critical roles in fostering and supporting our youth, yet are some of the most under-appreciated and overlooked professionals in America. The attorneys at Bell & Washington understand the demands and pressures of the teaching profession, as well as when they can cross the line and become unfair and discriminatory. We have protected the rights of teachers against school districts for many years and are always ready to put our experience to action.
School districts can be held financially liable in cases involving harassment, discrimination, and the wrongful termination of teachers. Under federal law, public and private school teachers have certain constitutional rights that prohibit certain forms of discrimination. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, public school tenured teachers are guaranteed due process when allegations of incompetence, illegal behavior, negligence, or dereliction of duty arise regarding their performance. Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, both public and private school teachers cannot be denied employment or promotions based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.
Given the significant ramifications and effects that an unfair termination or suspension can have on a teacher’s life, it is crucial that you hire an education attorney who specializes and understands education law. Managing partner Quinton Washington has been featured on national television several times for his expertise in the areas of education law, including the Atlanta cheating scandal. Our team of attorneys appreciates the work that Atlanta teachers do, and we are determined to protect your rights and provide you comprehensive legal representation in your employment/education case. With our more than 50 years of combined experience, you can be assured your case is being handled by knowledgeable and skillful attorneys. If you are faced with adverse employment actions, contact Bell & Washington LLP in our Atlanta office. There are no fees or obligations for an initial consultation and we would be delighted to speak with and assist you. Call us today at 404.437.6641 for a free consultation.