HS Counselor Fired Over Racy, Old Photos

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on October 16, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

High school counselor Tiffany Webb was fired over some racy photos that surfaced on the Internet but she's crying foul since the photos were taken many years before.

Webb was a counselor in New York City schools with the Department of Education for the last 12 years. But as a model in her late teens, she posed for some lingerie shots. Those photos surfaced last year and led to Webb's termination.

She's not taking the firing that easily, though, especially since she says the school knew about her previous career from the start.

Webb was open about the fact that she'd worked in modeling, according to The Inquisitr. During her career she was investigated several times because of her past work but every time she was cleared to continue counseling.

Then a student allegedly found pictures of a scantily-clad Webb and brought them to the attention of the school principal where Webb worked.

Shortly afterwards, Webb was dismissed based on a ruling by a three-member chancellor's committee that found her behavior was inappropriate. She's since changed her name and taken a job at a school in New Jersey.

But Webb is also suing the DOE for wrongful termination in an effort to get back her former job.

In many cases employers must give a legitimate reason to fire an employee. While teachers can be required to behave appropriately outside of work, that's not really the issue here. Webb's 'inappropriate behavior' all occurred before she started work as a counselor.

It's also a point in Webb's favor that she disclosed her previous employment and that she's been investigated before and allowed to continue working. That indicates that the DOE had the opportunity to consider her past work before.

To prove wrongful termination the claimant must show that the firing violates the law or the employment agreement that was in place.

If that's the case in how you lost your job don't hesitate to contact an attorney and get what's yours. If you aren't sure if how you were fired would be against the law, post the question to the FindLaw Answers Forum and get an expert answer.

Webb is still fighting for her job as well as for back pay from the DOE, reports The Inquisitr. She claims that her job performance is more important than her past career.

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