8 Oct 2015

Dismissed teacher claims discrimination

5:08 pm on 8 October 2015

A trainee teacher says she was discriminated against by an Auckland school because of her European values of freedom and democracy.

Sandra Marx was dismissed by Southern Cross Campus in May 2013 for serious misconduct, and has filed for unjustified dismissal and bullying with the Employment Relations Authority.

When a family member of Ms Marx's died, she alleges the school did not offer her the same condolences it did for Māori and Pacific teachers when their relatives died.

She said she was criticised for not attending a powhiri for a new teacher, and was treated differently on religious grounds because of her values.

The south Auckland composite school has a roll of more than 1500 students who are predominantly Māori and Pacific Islanders.

In a preliminary decision, the authority threw out most of Ms Marx's complaints because they were filed too late.

The authority will consider her personal grievance for unjustified dismissal and her bullying claims.