A Bronx teacher says his female superior repeatedly passed him over for promotions because he’s a man, according to court papers.
Truman HS teacher James McKinstry claims assistant principal Erica Faccilonga told him men were “subservient” to women and made it clear he was on the gender junior varsity, according to a $2 million notice of claim against the Department of Education.
“She has also made comments such as that claimant was the only rooster in the hen house” and that “men and women communicate differently and that is why we can’t communicate because I am a man and she is a woman,” the court papers charge.
“Assistant Principal Erica Faccilonga, who has a direct impact on the hiring concerning the promotion to AP, made discriminatory comments to Claimant that reflect a gender bias,” according to the filing.
Despite a sterling record, McKinstry insists that he was passed over for an assistant-principal promotion at Truman three times in favor of female candidates after a series of “sham” interviews, his complaint alleges.
“His educational background and work experience easily made him the best qualified candidate,” according to his suit.
Faccilonga did not write a recommendation for McKinstry and he “could not even get an interview,” the filing claims.
McKinstry’s suit noted that only two of the 11 assistant principals at Truman were men and that they were promoted before the current administration was in place.
In asserting her alpha-female status, Faccilonga also made inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace in McKinstry’s presence, according to the complaint.
The New Rochelle man filed an internal DOE grievance in April but the case was found to be without merit and tossed.
But McKinstry claims the matter was dismissed without a “bona fide investigation” — and that he was later retaliated against for filing the complaint.
He was demoted from unit coordinator to a basic teaching post, according…