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JCPS teacher sues principal, alleging years of discrimination

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A JCPS teacher sues the principal of Moore Traditional High School, alleging years of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

School is out at Moore, but now principal Vicki Lete is named in a lawsuit by teacher James Fletcher, who has been with JCPS for 10 years.

"The discrimination is probably one of the worse I've ever seen," Fletcher's attorney Teddy Gordon said of the allegation. 

Fletcher alleges that for years, he was discriminated against by Lete because of his sexual orientation. He says she made him a teacher without a permanent assigned classroom.

Gordon listed off some of the allegations, "kicking him out of the program he created, which is Environmental Science. Having him leave school so they could order lunch; Chick Fil-A on the same day they were being anti-same sex marriages; not allowing him to stay in a room with either a female that had agreed or a male, and having to pay his own way to the retreat."

Fletcher alleges that Lete admits to being "against furthering the gay agenda", according to the lawsuit. 

Gordon says Fletcher remains on leave after seeking medical treatment for emotional harm he suffered in September of last year. Gordon says the leave falls under the Family and Medical Leave Act. 

"He's had a little Bell's Palsy," Gordon said "physically, facially he doesn't look like one who should appear on camera although we've urged him to come forward and tell his story himself instead of through me. Hopefully, in the future, he will."

Lete and JCPS are not commenting because the litigation is still pending.

Teddy Gordon says Fletcher can't sue the district because of what's called "sovereign immunity," which means he can only sue an individual in this case.

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