Nine employees of the Tukwila School District have filed complaints of racial discrimination against their superintendent, Ethelda Burke.
Their attorney filed the complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
They each have a story about the comments they’ve endured. They range from vice principals, to teachers, to dispatchers.
“She said to me you have to stop being a big, black man scaring our white drivers,” says Doc Fells, driver trainer and dispatcher for the district. “And it numbed me.”
A group of female staffers at Showalter Middle School says their superintendent once referred to them as slaves.
“I was pissed,” says Marva Harris, school security officer.
“I couldn’t believe my ears she would refer to professional African-American women as slaves,” says teacher Sandra Goins.
J.D. Hill, athletic director and head of transportation, says Burke had a nickname for him.
“When I walked into her office she said ‘Hey, J-Dark, how are you doing?’ J-Dark was my name for Ethelda, my pet name for a month, in a professional environment,” says Hill.
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