NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age.
Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the Franklin Park section of Franklin Township, was responsible for, among other things, counseling teachers and conducting reviews after being hired as vice principal in 2016.
The lawsuit claims, however, that her contract was not renewed after she filed a formal report on a teacher who allegedly used the N-word in a class. She also gave a verbal warning to a teacher who supported President Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Afterward, Smith claims the principal began avoiding her.
According to the suit, Smith said she was told her contract would not be renewed because she was not communicating. She claims in the lawsuit that she had been rated as an “effective” communicator in previous evaluations.
TAPinto New Brunswick reached out to the school district for a comment.
"District policy prohibits us from commenting further on what is an active legal matter,” a spokesman said.