Tiffany Webb, a former New York high school guidance counselor, is now suing the Department of Education after being fired for racy lingerie photos she took 17 years ago, and they resurfaced.
Webb had worked in New York city schools for 12 years and admits she had worked as a lingerie model 5 years before that, between the ages of 18 and 20. She had told the New York Post that she had but that career behind her long before deciding to become an educator.
A student searching the internet had found the racy lingerie photos of a younger Webb and shared them with other students. SHe also claims that the images have been photo shopped from the originals, such as her head put on different bodies. She claims that she has worked through the years to have the images removed, but they keep popping up on various websites.
Webb says when hired, she disclosed her past career and twice before was under investigation by the school board for the racy photos but was cleared of any wrongdoing both times. However, due to the incident last December, the principal at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in Manhattan recommended she be fired.
The Department of Education then ruled, “The inappropriate photos were accessible to impressionable adolescents. That behavior has a potentially adverse influence on her ability to counsel students and be regarded as a role model.”
Tiffany Webb has now filed a suit, siting wrongful termination and sex discrimination. She is seeking to be re-instated back to her old job with the school district were she was paid $84,000 a year, and back pay along with punitive damages.
Mrs. Webb claims being fired over the lingerie photos is also a violation of her First Admendmant rights.
“I am a dedicated professional and enjoyed being a guidance counselor,” Webb said. “I did my job well, and my students and parents thought very highly of me. I would love to return to (New York City schools) and resume the career I have chosen to help and guide students.”