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Florida Teacher Audrey Dudek Fired Because She Had A Black Boyfriend

Audrey Dudek

Audrey Dudek used to be a high-school math teacher in Florida. Things seemed fine in 2013, until the principal and assistant principal began treating her differently, she says, because of some of the people she chose to associate with. These people happened to be non-white. And she was fired. Audrey feels that she was being discriminated against her boyfriend a the time (who is now her husband) was black. And you can bet that she has begun the lawsuit process, with the help of Suzanne Tzuanos, Orlando attorney.

The lawsuit alleged that school officials were “shocked and offended” when they realized that her husband Stacey was black. Apparently, they even went as far as to call her classroom “Club Audrey” because she played “black music” and associated with non-white faculty members. “The assistant principal complained to her to her face, talking to, and I quote, those people referring to black members of the faculty and staff,” Tzuanos said.

The school said she was let go because her contract was not renewed due to budget cuts. But Dudek’s lawyer wasn’t having it. “The budget didn’t go down in that period of time. Ms. Dudek is a math teacher. There’s a critical need for math teachers at Orange County Public Schools, so the district’s explanation does not hold water,” Tzuanos told WESH. The Florida Commission on Human Rights says there is reason to believe that Audrey was discriminated against, based on her gender and association with “non-whites.”

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