AUSTIN, TX (CoveringKaty.com) – Harmony Public Schools, the state’s largest charter school system with facilities in Houston and Katy, will settle a civil rights complaint brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a former Austin art teacher.
Nicole Tuchscherer who taught at a Harmony school in Austin used public records to determine her male colleagues from Turkey were being paid $2,000 a year more than she was being paid.
Harmony Public Schools group was founded by Turkish immigrants and employs Turkish teachers under a visa program which allows schools to hire foreign teachers if it can demonstrate there are not enough qualified American applicants.
According to the complaint Tuchscherer worked at the Harmony Science Academy in Austin and asked to be paid equally with her male colleagues. She claims she lost her contract after she complained that Harmony discriminated against women and Americans.