Kanye West Donda Academy: Kanye West’s Donda Academy only serves sushi to students every day, according to the lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Two former teachers are suing the rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, alleging they were wrongfully terminated from his private school Donda Academy in Simi Valley, and the lawsuit revealed multiple allegations.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Cecilia Hailey and her daughter, Chekarey Byers.
The lawsuit alleges the two teachers were fired in March in retaliation for reporting code violations. It also alleges that the mother and daughter suffered discrimination based on their race and were “illegally withheld from wages or repeatedly paid improperly”.
“Things were just messy,” Hailey said during an interview with Eyewitness News. “There was no order, they had no curriculum.”
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Hailey said she began teaching at Donda Academy in November 2022. Their daughter joined the staff two months later, in January 2023.
Hailey told ABC7 she found several things about the way the private school was run worrying, including the lack of a school nurse. According to the lawsuit, the students’ medications were kept in a cupboard with other expired medications “simply scattered unsecured.”
“We didn’t have access to the care hotline,” Hailey said. “There would be medicine in the kitchen, there would be medicine in the classroom, there would be medicine near computers…there was no order for that.”
The lawsuit states, “No action was taken to resolve the plaintiffs’ grievances relating to sanitation, health, safety, or educational standards under local and state laws raised by the plaintiffs throughout their employment.”
“Cecilia’s daughter, my other client Chekarey, says she wasn’t aware that one of her students had allergies and that an EpiPen existed for her until she happened upon it,” said attorney Ron Zambrano, who represents both teachers.
Then, according to Hailey, there was an unusual lunch menu at school.
“My other serious complaint was that kids were given sushi every day,” she said. “That was it. From January 17th to March 3rd the kids had sushi for lunch.”
Hailey said the students were given fruit as a morning snack, but those who didn’t want sushi or didn’t bring lunch to school reportedly had nothing to eat. She claims she and her daughter were fired without warning in March.
“Our clients were fired for raising very serious deficiencies from a regulatory perspective related to the running of the school,” Zambrano said.
Other grievances listed in the lawsuit include the alleged lack of disciplinary procedures, which the lawsuit says led to “assaults and bullying.”
The hip-hop mogul also had other “unusual rules,” according to the complaint. The lawsuit alleges West didn’t allow hanging crosswords or artwork on walls, didn’t allow students on the second floor because “he was reportedly afraid of stairs,” banned the use of forks and utensils, banned the wearing of jewelry. and “Banished chairs instead of foam floor cushions.”
The lawsuit seeks over $1 million in damages for lost wages and emotional distress.
West has not publicly commented on the lawsuit.