Discrimination Allegations: Student Teacher’s Lawsuit Against Wayne State University
David Lopez, a 400-pound student gym teacher, filed a lawsuit against Wayne State University, asserting discrimination due to his weight.
His claim of being denied the opportunity to complete student teaching remotely, attributed to his health conditions, forms the core of the $1 million lawsuit.
Denied Request for Remote Teaching
Lopez, 44, asserts that Wayne State University obstructed his qualification process, allegedly because he doesn’t fit the perceived image of a physical education teacher due to his weight.
Citing diabetes, hypertension, and asthma as factors that impede mobility, Lopez sought remote completion of the student teaching segment, a request Wayne State reportedly denied.
Alleged Discrimination and Denied Accommodations
Claiming that the university refused accommodations, Lopez emphasizes his completion of all academic aspects barring student teaching.
Despite the willingness of the assigned school district to facilitate accommodations, Wayne State allegedly rejected the proposed modifications.
Consequences and Legal Action
With part of his student teaching completed unofficially with adjustments at an elementary school, Lopez was instructed to refrain from the secondary level program.
Feeling he had no recourse, Lopez resorted to legal action, seeking reinstatement and citing the university’s purported denial of a reasonable accommodation.
University’s Response and Counterclaim
Wayne State University countered the lawsuit, dismissing the claims as ‘frivolous.’ They refuted allegations of weight discrimination and stated that determining student teaching requirements fell beyond their purview.
Impact on Career and Educational Journey
Expressing a passion for teaching despite physical limitations, Lopez contends that his experience with Wayne State University has soured his enthusiasm for the profession.
He laments the deprivation of his opportunity to earn a degree and pursue a livelihood due to the alleged hindrance posed by the university.
Future Implications and University’s Stand
This legal battle underscores the contentious issues surrounding accommodations for individuals with health concerns within educational institutions, opening discussions on discrimination claims and reasonable adjustments in academia.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn