City Educator Sues School District a second time



Trenton, NJ:Dr. Alexander Nicolas, a city teacher, Grammy Nominee, music composer, saxophonist, and music producer who is known as Dr. Suave in the music world, filed a federal discrimination suit against the Trenton Board of Education school district in 2018.

He has taken his legal battle to state court inMercer County. The Pro-Se Complaint against administrators of Trenton Board was filed on August 3, 2018 in the Mercer County Superior Court.   Alexander Nicolas, who has an earned Doctorate from Capella University in Educational Administration, a Master of Arts from the College of New Jersey in Educational Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Valley Forge in Music is currently serving or working as a World Language teacher at the city’s Daylight Twilight alternative high school.

Nicolas with more than twenty years of service to the Trenton Public Schools says that he was passed over numerous times for promotions because he is a Panamanian immigrant. In addition, Nicolas has all administrative licenses or certificates.  A School Administrator, School Principal, Supervisor certificate for the state of New Jersey, and two out of state school principal licenses.

In 2007, Nicolas was sent as a Teacher Leader to run or operate as a school principal Daylight/Twilight 2006. Nicolas was out of work for one year (2007-2008) due to work stress.  As a result, Nicolas filed complaint no. 530-2008-04019 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2008, followed by a complaint with the NJ Federal Court in 2010, and transferred filing NJ State Superior Court in 2011. Since filing all the appropriate paperwork the Discrimination continue to be intentionally and unlawful.

On February 22, 2016, Nicolas enter an agreement between the Trenton Board of Education to settle the 2010 complaint.  The settlement was made between the prior administration and the school board in a “amicably resolved” in good faith by the recommendation of his prior attorney.  The current matter was settled at the State Court level. Since that agreement nothing has change and retaliation continued. Nicolas filed a new complaint in 2018 and expressed that this is the second time the current and prior administrator has been unfair in the hiring and promotion process. His suit also allegesthat Lesser qualified candidates were chosen for more than two dozen administrative posts he sought in the district between2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Subsequently, the Trenton Board of Education continued to retaliate against Nicolas.  As a result, of all the unfair practice in the past and current, Nicolas filed a new complaint no. 530-2017-03784with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September of 2017, followed by the August 3, 2018 complaint which is awaiting a response from the defendants of the Trenton Board of Education.

Nicolas made his claims of discrimination based on race, failure to promote, and retaliation in the NJState Superior Courtin 2018. He exhausted all legal channels with the EqualEmployment Opportunity Commission before pursuing federal claims in the State Court. For more information on Dr. Alexander Nicolas visit


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