9 fired employees sue W. Pa. Christian academy

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former employees of a Pittsburgh Christian school are claiming that they were fired because of the church they belong to.

The nine former employees of the Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh filed a federal lawsuit Monday claiming that they were fired because they’re members of the church that founded the charter school. The lawsuit claims there was a longstanding divide between employees who were members of Petra International Ministries and those who were not.

The lawsuit says the board removed the founder of the school last June and that the employees were fired soon afterward.

The plaintiffs include teachers, managers and other staff. They are seeking back pay and their jobs back.

Administrators at Imani Christian Academy did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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