A New York state middle school teacher filed a $3 million lawsuit against her former employer after she was fired over a topless photo.
The 25-year-old math teacher, Lauren Miranda, claims she was improperly let go because of a topless photo she’d sent privately to someone she was dating.
A student somehow got hold of the photo and began circulating it but she says that’s not her fault and she shouldn’t be punished for it.
Miranda never expected the photo would go public or be seen by students in her school district.
“That picture was never posted,” she said. “How it got out is the million dollar question.”
Miranda is now suing the South Country School District because she was fired over the selfie last week.
“My career has been ruined, my reputation has been tarnished and I have been stigmatized,” she said.
Miranda says she texted the photo to her partner at the time, who was another teacher in the district, more than two years ago.
She has no idea how a student now was able to get a copy and share it.
Her attorney calls what the school did discrimination.
“Anytime a man has ever exposed his chest no one has commented or had any problem with it whatsoever,” her attorney said. “But when a woman displays her chest as happened here she gets fired from her job.”
South Country’s Superintendent said the district won’t comment on active litigation.
Miranda says she loved working at Bellport Middle School and through her attorney says would be willing to drop this lawsuit if she was reinstated, however she says as of now the superintendent has told her that’s not happening.
“He said, how can i put you in front of a classroom where boys would be able to pull out their phone and look at this image of you,” Miranda said.
While the lawsuit progresses, Miranda says she is actively looking for other teaching jobs in other districts.