CENTREVILLE, MD. -- -- The state Human Relations Commission has charged the Queen Anne's County school board with allowing a male employee to demand sexual favors from women bus drivers in return for job privileges.
The commission charged the Eastern Shore school system with illegal sex discrimination involving two former drivers in what it said is "an ongoing practice" of the transportation coordinator.
Daniel Karp, a lawyer for the school board, denied the allegations, first brought to the state agency in 1988, and said bus coordinator G. Paul Emory remains "a trusted and valued employee."
Emory said Saturday that he had no comment on the state agency's allegations, which are to be heard before an administrative law judge.
According to the charges, Martha C. Dawkins, of Centreville, said she was laid off as a school bus driver in June 1987 as a result of rejecting Emory's persistent sexual advances.
Although the school system said she was laid off because of insufficient money, a male replacement with fewer qualifications was quickly hired, Dawkins charged.
Another complainant, Sherri Moore, of Centreville, said she accepted Emory's overtures and received lucrative extra pay assignments from 1986 to 1987. When she rejected his advances in the summer of 1987, she received less favorable assignments and reprimands were placed in her file, Moore said.