Iris Blige (pictured), the principal of Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx, is being sued by Virginia Barden, a teacher at the school, for allegedly making her sit at a desk in a closet and ”face a blank wall” because she had become a high-powered union rep, reports the New York Daily News.
Barden told the Daily News that after she became an active chapter leader for the long-standing union, United Federation of Teachers, Blige allegedly demanded that she be placed in a cramped closet.
When Barden allegedly attempted to reposition her desk so that she wouldn’t have to face a blank wall, Blige reportedly ordered her to return the desk back to its original spot. “I moved the desk. She ordered someone to move it back,” Barden said, regarding her one-week stay in the claustrophobic space.