Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

School Administrator Gets Green Light for Suit

A Jewish assistant principal can proceed with a lawsuit against New York’s Department of Education for anti-Semitic remarks directed against him by his superior.

A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan in a 25-page order ruled that the hostile work environment and religious discrimination lawsuit filed by Peter Weiss can advance. He is seeking back pay since 2008 and emotional damages. Weiss is now working as a substitute teacher and has taken a substantial pay cut.

Weiss, who was an assistant principal at the School for Community Research and Learning in the Bronx, claims that school principal William Mulqueen repeatedly called him a “pork-eating Jew” and complained about Jewish teachers’ “mannerisms” after he was hired in 2004, according to the New York Daily News.

Mulqueen also made several references to Weiss “having more money than God” and refused to pay him overtime after he became religiously observant during the 2007-08 school year, Weiss alleges. The principal eventually gave Weiss an “unsatisfactory” report, causing Weiss to leave the school. Mulqueen left the Department of Education in 2010.

Weiss’ lawyer told the New York Daily News that he hopes Weiss and the Department of Education will reach a reasonable settlement at a hearing later this month.





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.