By: Sam Mukiibi, Associate in G&E’s Civil Rights Practice Group

A third former employee of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has accused the college of racial discrimination and retaliation. Former English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Shantell Colebrooke, has filed a charged with the EEOC contending that she was fired not only because she is black, but also in retaliation for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

Last year, former head fishing coach Isaac Payne filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was treated unfairly because of his race. Payne, who is also a SCAD alumni, felt betrayed after experiencing “a hostile work environment, threats, and discriminatory intent because of his race and in retaliation for complaining up the ladder at SCAD.”

Additionally, in 2019, former Director of Giving, Darnell Holcomb brought a similar claim when SCAD fired Holcomb, and claimed he “did not meet fundraising performance goals.” Holcomb believed his firing stemmed from an “undercurrent of racial bias.”

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Sam Mukiibi is an associate in G&E’s Civil Rights Practice Group. Sam can be reached at [email protected] or (302) 622-7119.