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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA)-- A former executive at Landon School in Bethesda is leveling some serious allegations against the renowned institution and its headmaster, David Armstrong.
Timothy "Tim" Harrison, and his lawyer Adam Carter have filed a $2-million lawsuit, claiming he was retaliated against, and wrongfully terminated.
Harrison, former Director of Finance and Operations at the school, claims the trouble began when he became a whistle blower for the alleged mis-treatment of a group of about eight Hispanic maintenance workers at the school.
He tells 9News Now that two non- Hispanic supervisors from the maintenance department targeted the group who spoke very little English. He alleges that the supervisors humiliated them, talked down to them, and made them work in sub- par conditions.
Harrison said he repeatedly reported those claims to the school headmaster, but says nothing was ever done about it. In the end he claims he was fired by Landon officials for continually sticking up for the group of workers.
Harrison said, "The more I started talking about it, the more I took heat for it."
The maintenance workers who still work at Landon School were contacted by phone, but refused to give an official interview or go on camera, fearing retaliation. They did say the declarations previously made in court documents accurately depict the treatment they received at Landon.
In those documents one worker said his supervisor referred to Hispanic workers as "wetbacks. He said that same supervisor was heard saying, "all Hispanics are idiots." Another worker described working for his supervisor as being "torture".
Landon School officials turned down a request for an on-camera interview citing it is not their policy to comment on personnel matters involving current and former employees.
Despite that a spokeswoman did release a statement that read in part:
"The school denies Mr. Harrison's allegations, which the School believes are both inaccurate and misleading, and will defend itself accordingly."