The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a school founded by the tennis legend in Las Vegas, has been accused of racism by a fired teacher, according to TMZ.
The lawsuit, filed by biology teacher James Holmes Jr., claims that the school's principal, hired in 2008, favored white teachers.
According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Holmes is claiming that he was refused the opportunity to attend a science conference and purchase new lab materials because of stated budget constraints. Allegedly funds were given for white teachers to attend the conference and receive new lab materials, however.
Holmes claims he then filed a complaint with the school, which was met with him being dismissed from his job and replaced by an unqualified substitute teacher.
A spokesperson for the academy has said, We will aggressively defend the suit because the case is baseless and without any merit.
Holmes is claiming $75,000 in damages.
Las Vegas native Agassi, who is not named in the suit, opened the education facility in 2001 as a grades 3-5 prep school. It is now a K-12 school. Agassi is also the founder of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which he began in 1994 with a commitment to transforming education so that all children have a shot at success.
Former world No. 1 Agassi retired from tennis in 2006, having amassed eight major titles.