Anthony Piccirillo, who worked as a substitute teacher for the East Hampton School District from 2007 through 2010, has launched a wrongful termination lawsuit against Raymond Gualtieri, district superintendent, Charles Soriano, assistant superintendent, and Keith Malsky, the former high school assistant principal who recently has become principal of the Middle School.
The federal suit, filed in early July in Eastern District Court in Central Islip, claims that Mr. Piccirillo, who is 61 years old, was let go because of his age and because he is of Italian descent. It states that his ethncity had been a matter of discussion.
Reached this week, Dr. Soriano said, “It’s my practice to not make any comments about pending legal matters. What I can say is that the district does not discriminate against people, period.”
School officials confirmed that Mr. Piccirillo had been suspended once because of what were found to be inappropriate comments to students, including a joke about victims of domestic violence, which was reported by students who were offended.