Black Bus Driver Called Monkey, Blackie at Jewish School in Brooklyn

Black Bus Driver Called Monkey, Blackie at Jewish School in Brooklyn

Willis Baker is suing his former employer for $2 million.

Published June 2, 2015

A Black bus driver has filed a federal lawsuit against a Jewish school in Brooklyn saying he was called "Blackie," "monkey friend" and other racial slurs by his employer, Newsweek reports.

Willis Baker was hired by Yanke Schaefer in July 2014 to drive buses for the United Talmudical Academy. He made six runs a day, cleaned, fueled and serviced his bus and buses driven by non-Black drivers. Baker claims he was the only African-American driver and was the only one who was ordered to do extra work.

Baker says he was also denied overtime pay and accused of causing accidents with other automobiles.

The lawsuit also claims that students on his bus called him “monkey,” “blackie” and “stupid” while throwing candy, spit balls and other objects at him. Teachers on board never stepped in, he claims.

Baker, who is 56, is suing the school and his former employer for $2 million, his lawyer, Alexander M. Dudelson, said.

Schaefer denies Baker’s allegations and said that the driver caused five accidents during his employment. A spokeswoman for the school said they refute all of Baker's claims of employment discrimination.

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