CROWN POINT | An East Chicago woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the School City of East Chicago alleging she received a five-day unpaid suspension based on race.
Susan Torres, a clerical employee for the schools for 26 years, alleges she was told to stop handing out union notices on company time, court records state.
Torres claims she was surprised by the order because in passing out notices she had not done anything not common and openly done in the office.
Assuming the admonition was regarding the content of the notices, Torres ceased passing out the notices, the lawsuit states.
However, four days later, school officials told Torres she was suspended until further notice.
During a subsequent meeting with with a union official, the lawsuit alleges school officials said a black bus driver had been suspended over similar activity in a separate incident. This prompted officials to believe Torres, who is Hispanic, also should be suspended, court records state.
Torres is seeking back pay, damages and attorney costs.