Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This dance teacher has been fired from a Mexican school just weeks after being hired after a mother complained about her tattoos.
Flamenco teacher Naxyelli Santana was fired from the Anglo Americano Lomas school which serves pre-school through high school in the Mexican capital of Mexico City just two weeks after she had been hired.
According to local media, the teacher was fired two weeks after she was hired because several parents complained about her tattoos who told the school they did not want their children to be taught by a teacher with tattoos.
Santana told herself said the school only highlighted one mother’s complaint to her when firing her, saying: “I received a phone call from the school asking me to not come to work. A mother had complained that she did not want a tattooed teacher teaching her children.”
Santana said that she notice discrimination from the staff in the school from her first interview for the job.
She added: “From the first interview with the school they knew about the tattoos. They did not care if had a good CV, all the interview was about my tattoos and then they decided to hire me.”
According to the teacher, she was dismissed without being paid and when she demanded to be paid for the time she had been working in the school they offered her less money than what they owed her.
She has filed a labour complaint about the alleged discrimination and the investigation is still ongoing as the school representative did not go to the first hearing in the case.
The case was also reported to the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED) by the teacher who is demanding an apology from the school. The school have not commented on the case.
It is unclear how the teacher got the tattoos or why the parents were opposed to them.
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