By Josh Resnek
Claiming problems with Omar Easy’s behavior as the superintendent of Wayland’s public schools, the school committee in that town placed Easy on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation last week.
Easy responded to being placed on administrative leave by filing a complaint last week with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
He alleges he was dismissed from his job without notice, less than three weeks after he raised concerns about a “racially hostile environment.”
Easy said in his complaint that he was “accused of ‘destroying Wayland’s culture and bringing Everett culture to Wayland.’”
This, after suggesting that cameras should be installed in a middle school, where racist, anti-Black graffiti had also been discovered.
Easy is claiming a racially hostile work environment exists in Wayland, a largely white community.
He claims he has suffered unlawful discrimination and retaliation during his two years as the district’s first Black leader.
Easy grew up in Everett. He attended Everett public schools. He played championship football here and became a professional football player after a stellar career at Penn State before becoming a senior administrative official in the Everett Public Schools.
He left the EPS in 2021 and was named the superintendent of public schools in Wayland.
The complaint lists the Town of Wayland, the school district and the School Committee for maintaining a racially hostile environment.