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The Landon School prevailed in a lawsuit on Thursday in which a former employee charged the school with wrongful termination.

Timothy Harrison had sued the Landon School in Bethesda for $2 million, claiming he was fired because of allegations he made of discriminatory practices by two supervisors against other school laborers and staff.

On Aug. 22, less than two hours after they began their deliberations, a jury in Montgomery County Circuit Court decided that the charges, which had been the basis of the lawsuit, were unfounded.

The jury ruled in favor of the Landon School in that suit and also ruled in favor of Landon’s counterclaims that Harrison had breached his contract and loyalty to the school during his employment there. Harrison had been the school’s chief finance and operations officer.

“The verdict speaks very loudly, and shows the Landon School acted appropriately and the truth prevailed,” said Tom McCally, Landon’s attorney, in an interview after the verdict was announced Thursday.

“It demonstrates Mr. Harrison’s allegations were baseless and that Landon didn’t offer him another contract because of his poor performance,” McCally said.

Adam Augustine Carter, Harrison’s attorney, declined to be interviewed by The Gazette Thursday.

Kipp Lanham, Carter’s publicist, issued this statement in Carter’s name: “Mr. Harrison believes in the jury system, and the jury has spoken. Mr. Harrison hopes that his courageous stand will make Landon a better school and workplace.”

sjbsmith@gazette