Documents obtained by the Pine Bluff Commercial filed in the Circuit of Jefferson County, Arkansas Civil Division County Circuit Court on April 20, 2020 list the Pine Bluff School District as the defendant in an employment discrimination action.

Documents obtained by the Pine Bluff Commercial filed in the Circuit of Jefferson County, Arkansas Civil Division County Circuit Court on April 20, 2020 list the Pine Bluff School District as the defendant in an employment discrimination action.
According to the documents, plaintiff Monica McMurray, who is African American, asserts that the district failed to hire her because of her race and gender for two positions of assistant superintendent.
Documents state that on July 1, 2015, the PBSD hired McMurray as the executive of learning services. Her duties included supervising curriculum and instruction for the entire district, district level and site level personnel, testing, assessments and special services according to the documents.
It goes on to say that she negotiated contracts for instructional material and supplies and scheduled professional development and staff grievance hearings. McMurray briefly served as interim superintendent from June 2018 to September 2018 until the state of Arkansas took over the district in which McMurray returned to her position as executive director of learning services.
In Feb of 2019, McMurray says she was notified that he position would be eliminated effective June 30, 2019, as a result of a reduction-in-force, due to lower revenue from falling student enrollment.
Documents state McMurray discovered the district created two assistant superintendent positions of the job duties and responsibilities associated with her eliminated position.
Jeremy Owah, who was the Superintendent of Schools, told her that she should apply for the two assistant superintendent positions and that she would receive an offer, according to the documents. McMurray states she applied for the position and received an interview but on April 24, 2020 two white individuals filled the vacancies.
The documents allege that the individuals were selected over McMurray even though she was more qualified, stating she had more direct experience for the two positions then her white comparators.
The documents claim that one of the new hires only had three years of experience as an elementary school principal, which would have prevented him from meeting the minimum qualifications.
By contrast, McMurray states she has 14 years of experience as assistant principal, principal and executive director for learning services. McMurray also claims in her filed employment discrimination action one of the new hires lacks experience in working in a large racially diverse school district and claims there were 20 separate allegations brought amongst the hire by her former superintendent and had been fined by the Arkansas Department of Education for an ethics violation.
On June 14, 2019, McMurray filed a Charge of Discrimination alleging race and gender discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOC). According to court documents, on March 13, 2020, the EEOC issued a Dismissal and Notice of Rights to Plaintiff.
McMurray re-alleges that she was discriminated against. By failing to select her for either of the two positions of assistant superintendent on account of her race, documents state the school district violated the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.
According to McMurray, she suffered lost wages and experienced mental anguish and distress, humiliation and embarrassment, and loss of reputation. The Arkansas Civil Rights Act allows her to be awarded back pay and compensatory damages for these injuries according to the court documents filed.
A trial by jury has been requested.