Mayor de Blasio’s second pick for schools chancellor sank a subordinate’s career after she scolded him for flirting with a woman other than his wife, according to a 2015 San Francisco Supreme Court filing.
Teacher Veronica Chavez also accused New York’s new incoming Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza of promoting men during his time in the San Francisco Unified School District at the expense of women.
De Blasio’s first choice for chancellor, Miami schools chief Alberto Carvalho, abruptly turned down the gig last week after agreeing to replace retiring Carmen Farina.
Chavez sued the San Francisco district for gender and disability discrimination but did not name Carranza as a defendant.
After rising to superintendent, Carranza made personnel moves that “resulted in the replacement of qualified female employees with a predominately male team,” according to the suit.
Chavez, who began teaching in San Francisco in 1994, claims her role as assistant superintendent was minimized under Carranza and his deputy superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.
Chavez said her fate was sealed after she concluded that her boss was behaving inappropriately at a Los Angeles conference in February 2013.
“During this weekend, Chavez observed Carranza, who is a married man, engaging in inappropriate flirtatious conduct with a female colleague from another district who was not his wife,” the suit claims.
The case does not specify what Chavez considered to be Carranza’s “flirtatious” behavior.
Chavez grilled her boss the following weekend about the incident but never reported it to district officials. The suit claims he wasn’t happy about the confrontation.
Chavez claims Carranza declined to appoint her to an advanced position she wanted and forced her to apply for the post.
The suit states that Chavez was in a car crash a few days before her scheduled interview and was unable to perform well because of it.
She didn’t get the gig – and a human resources rep said it was due to her poor interview. The staffer then told her to start looking for jobs outside the district, according to the suit.
A woman was eventually hired for the post – but the suit noted that a man later assumed the role.
Chavez later became a basic teacher, and the case would eventually settle for an undisclosed sum.
“The allegations were completely false and Mr. Carranza was never named in the lawsuit nor was he involved in the settlement,” said City Hall spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.