Ana Ligia Mateo says in a lawsuit she was hired in 2006 as a bilingual secretary at Devonshire Elementary, which has a high population of Spanish-speaking parents.
But two years later, Mateo says, a new principal announced a 'No Spanish' policy.
After the announcement, Spanish-speaking parents with questions would request Mateo to translate, but Mateo says the principal and other staff members told her that was not allowed.
Mateo says she still spoke Spanish. Once, Mateo alleges, staff members told her they thought she empathized with Hispanic parents because she "crossed the border just like them."
Mateo, a Charlotte resident and U.S. citizen, says her employment was "effectively terminated" shortly thereafter.
Click here to read the lawsuit.
Mateo says Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools violated her civil rights and seeks damages.
- Doug Miller