A former math teacher who sued the federal government over race discrimination claims he was wrongfully accused of racism when he tried to teach a student the rules of arithmetic.
Michael A. Williams, who is white, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Virginia, alleging he was fired because he refused to include African-American students in the class.
Williams alleged that his “racist beliefs and actions” were justified by race and that the government “intentionally and intentionally discriminated against me” by discriminating against him based on his race.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education said it “regrets that it did not follow its own policy in its termination of Mr. Williams.”
It is not the policy of the Department to comment on pending litigation,” said the statement.
Williams said he was suspended for the entire school year, with no pay, and his employment was terminated by the Department in December.
The Department of Justice is reviewing Williams’ case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.