NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The lawyer for three high-level administrators suing the city Department of Education for $90 million spoke publicly Thursday about their claims.

Davida Perry of Schwartz Perry & Heller

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“The bottom line is that he’s making hiring decisions based on race and gender, and that’s unlawful,” said Davida Perry of Schwartz Perry & Heller. “That’s a distortion of the New York City Human Rights Law.”

“You can’t correct discrimination with adding more discrimination.”

The $90 million lawsuit filed against School Chancellor Richard Carranza claims the women were demoted in favor of less-qualified minority educators as part of a crusade to make the agency’s top management reflect the ethic makeup of students.

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Carranza has said the claims of reverse discrimination and creating a toxic atmosphere for white employees was “absolutely not true.”

“We have the truth on our side. Allegations can be made,” he added.

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The suit filed by Lois Herrera, Jaye Murray and Laura Feijoo — three white women and senior administrators who were demoted by Carranza — tells a different tale. They say they were left by the wayside in Carranza’s push to make sure his top staff reflected the fact that 70 percent of city students are minority.

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Carranza cleaned house when he took over. Reportedly more than a dozen top-dog superintendents and deputies who served under former Chancellor Carmen Farina were demoted or forced to retire. The suit claims Carranza made his position clear during a June 27, 2018, speech to upper echelon employees at Tweed — otherwise known as DOE headquarters.