Two attorneys with the Los Angeles Unified School District's office of general counsel have charged that the district discriminated against Latinos in the hiring and promotion of attorneys.
Jesus Estrada Melendez and Robert Cuen filed a complaint Wednesday with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing. They said they have concerns about the lack of diversity in their office and among its management.
Three of the 39 staff attorneys are Latino, according to the counsel's office.
In addition to staffing concerns, the two men said they are dissatisfied with their own pay and equity issues.
"We feel that the office of general counsel has missed many opportunities to promote diversity," Estrada Melendez said. "With qualified Mexican American and other Latino lawyers ... I think we can show a more productive force."
Kevin Reed, acting general counsel for the district, said that he realized that when he began his job on June 30 that "there weren't a lot of Latino faces. But I've never run into a hint of evidence that this is because anybody discriminated," he said.