Asst. principal files sex discrimination complaint against Knox Co.

Asst. principal files sex discrimination complaint against Knox Co.

Kim Kallenberg says in her complaint, "representatives from my employer's human resource department made comments to me and my immediate supervisor Diane Psihogios that my problems could result because of my 'looks' and the way I dress as a female." Kim Kallenberg says in her complaint, "representatives from my employer's human resource department made comments to me and my immediate supervisor Diane Psihogios that my problems could result because of my 'looks' and the way I dress as a female."

August 2, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- An assistant principal filed a discrimination complaint against the Knox County School System over an investigation of her alleged relationship with a student and tampering with grades.

Kimberly Kallenberg, 36, an assistant principal at Powell High School, filed a complaint with the state on Tuesday. She is on administrative leave with pay while the investigation continues.

In the complaint, Kallenberg says she believes she was suspended and transferred because she's a woman.

She says she has consistently denied having the relationship and grade tampering claims.

The student she was accused of being involved with has also signed an affidavit denying that he had an inappropriate relationship with Kallenberg. 

Kallenberg says that during the investigation "representatives from my employer's human resource department made comments to me and my immediate supervisor Diane Psihogios that my problems could result because of my 'looks' and the way I dress as a female."

Kallenberg goes on to say she is aware of similar investigations involving male teachers who were treated differently.

"Recently a male teacher who was discovered to have had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student was permitted to resign by his principal," she says in her complaint.

Kallenberg says in her case the evidence is based on "rumor and speculation," but her co-workers, the media and the Department of Children's Services were notified.

In another complaint filed Tuesday, Kallenberg claims the school system improperly disclosed the name and records of the student linked to her in the investigation. This complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education.

Kallenberg claims Knox County Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks disclosed or confirmed the student's name to local media, in violation of his privacy rights. 

 

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