2016-01-20 / Front Page

Discrimination case against ASD dismissed

NYSDHR says former employee falsified his resume
by Carolyn James

Former Amityville Principal Rodney Wilkins falsified his employment background on his application and resume to the Amityville School District. That, according to a decision by the New York State Division of Human Rights handed down last week.

Wilkins, who was hired by the district in February 2014, filed a complaint in June of last year with the Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) charging that the district engaged in discriminatory practices against him.

“Throughout this process, the district was confident that these allegations were without merit,” said Dr. Mary Kelly, superintendent in a statement released on Tuesday. “The district is pleased that the Division of Human Rights agreed and believes this reflects positively on the district’s commitment to providing a professional work environment for all staff, free of discrimination.”

Wilkins explained during the investigation that he had “copied and pasted the wrong information” into the application for High School Principal, but according to Leon C. Dimaya, acting regional director of the NYSDHR who wrote the decision, “a review of his previously submitted documentation showed that he hand wrote that he had been a Dean of Students on his previous applications.

Furthermore, wrote Dimaya, Wilkins was “encouraged and supported” by Kelly to apply for his first position, which was Interim Associate Principal. A review of his file showed that he was hired as interim based on Dr. Kelly’s recommendation. 

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