Guidance Counselor Tiffani Webb Fired For Sexy Photos Taken In 1990s

Tiffany Webb

Tiffani Webb had been a guidance counselor in New York City schools for 12 years, when scantily-clad photos from her past modeling career re-surfaced on the Internet. She was fired days before getting tenure, and has since changed her name and taken a teaching post in New Jersey. But now she's suing, reports the New York Post, claiming wrongful termination, sex discrimination, and violation of her First Amendment rights.

Webb, now 37, says the photos were taken between the ages of 18 and 20, but that the images now floating around the internet (including the one above) are doctored -- her face put on another woman's body -- and have illegally found their way onto seedy websites like "Mo Girls Entertainment" and "Showgirlz Exclusive," even though she requested for them to be taken down.

When she was first hired, Webb informed the Department of Education about her past career, the Post reports. But she was investigated three times anyway, and spent two separate years in the "rubber room" -- a limbo where teachers must wait, away from students, until officials complete an inquiry. But last December, a few days before Webb was set to get tenure as a $84,200-a-year counselor at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, she was officially fired for "conduct unbecoming" of a Department of Education employee.

A three-member chancellor's committee made the decision 2-1, with the dissenting voice defending Webb's stellar professional record and the consensus questioning the effect that her photos might have on students. "The inappropriate photos were accessible to impressionable adolescents," the ruling stated. "That behavior has a potentially adverse influence on her ability to counsel students and be regarded as a role model."

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Webb's attorney Stewart Karlin said that his client's termination was "unconscionable," because the photos were digitally altered and distributed without authorization. "She had no control over it," he said.

Webb, who also has a Internet talk show "Girl Talk NYC," is suing the New York City Department of Education for reinstatement, back pay and punitive damages.

Webb is one of a number of educators who have run into trouble for a past career that had a sexual element. Melissa Petro was a New York teacher when she confessed on The Huffington Post that she had spent a few months selling sex on Craigslist. She said that she wanted to fight the stigma associated with sex work, but the stigma won: Petro was forced to resign.

In 2010, a Massachusetts school put Kevin Hogan on paid leave after it emerged that he had acted in several adult movies. The community rallied in defense of the English teacher and crew captain, but Hogan ultimately parted ways with the school. And in a similar story that same year, Shawn Loftis was fired from his substitute teaching job in Miami-Dade County after a principal discovered gay sex films online that Loftis had starred in and directed, under the pseudonym Collin O'Neal. Last year the Florida Education Practices Commission decided to reinstate him, however, because his adult film work wasn't illegal.

Webb contends that her termination was not only unconstitutional, but unfairly targeted her as a woman. The complaint states that "male actors and models who were New York City teachers have not been terminated despite suggestive pictures ... taken of them," reports CourthouseNews.


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aB

This is a shame. It was over 12 yrs ago. She did nothing wrong. Especially since she says they were altered photos. I hope she wins her suit. I mean every teacher, if u did enough, has a past! Shame on this uptight school district.

February 13 2013 at 10:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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aB

Dig enough*

February 13 2013 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MASTER

DAMN...ALL MY TEACHERS WERE RETIRED NUNS. AND DRESSED LIKE IT.

January 17 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mringals

Webb is as hot as hell.

January 17 2013 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
just4keeps

This is to be understood and put on your shoulder in her point of view. Your a judge who goes to your court, I mean the people's court, your place of work, where the people elected you and to take your personal judgement on any or all cases you judge upon in there tax paid court room. The point about your judgement is NO ONE is FORCED into your court room but, is invited! You can lead a horse/child/teen/student to water BUT, you can not make them drink it/consume/swallow IT!! They had it in their mind to be a sport jock/famous stud by having sex with a teacher having extra special education. I know, been there. done that and was proud!

November 20 2012 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pj512

Well, since she told her employers about her earlier career, I can't blame her for being mad. My belief is that if you have something in your past that is liable to come up and doesn't put you in a favorable light, don't apply for a job that won't like what you did. I don't think this woman should have been fired. But it said she changed her name when we started working in New Jersey. Now, did she legally change her name and does her new employer know that? Because she's setting herself up for another firing if she didn't tell them or she just lied about her name. And what did she put down as former employment? Way too many questions here.

October 12 2012 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lawrence Dodd

a ho" is a ho"

October 10 2012 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Driven

I would've been in outside her office waiting for her every single day....."Lawd Have moiceeeeeee!"

October 10 2012 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S

The only good looking counselor in the country gets fired. It is no wonder our students don’t want to go see the counselors anymore??

October 10 2012 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brendabig9

So if modified, doctored pictures of a person can be used as justification for termination, then every teacher, or school board official's face can be photoshopped onto a nude woman's body, and the resulting pictures be used to remove them.
Interesting precedent they set. Someone should post some photoshopped pictures of the school board on a facebook page, and see what happens?

October 10 2012 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lynn

She did nothing illegal in the pictures, so what is the big deal? They were taken 12 years ago? So ridiculous.

October 10 2012 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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