A mother of three became the target of local progressive activists and was eventually fired from her job after speaking out at a California school board meeting, where she voiced her concerns over LGBT curriculum for kids.
Janet Roberson, though, is not deterred from speaking out, and says she’d do it all over again.
“I would do it again,” Roberson told The Daily Wire. “For me to lose a job is horrible and not okay, but I would be willing to do it again. Absolutely. To speak the truth and to stand for freedom and for what our Constitution stands for — 100%.”
Roberson was let go from her position as an independent contractor with Compass, a large real estate company based in New York. She was dismissed from the company by phone only 11 days after she spoke out at a Benicia Unified School District board meeting.
“Children are asked to identify their pronouns; and this is now part of the 10-year-old curriculum,” Roberson told the school board on April 20. “We are alarmed that gender identity is being discussed in math classes. This takes time from core learning and does not benefit the students or our community. Teaching kids that there isn’t any standard or truth and you can believe anything you want to believe is not scientifically accurate or medically correct. For example, the notion that a girl can decide to be a boy, or a boy can decide to be a girl, is not true and should not be taught.”
Soon after voicing her concerns, she was met with backlash from local activists. Two local papers published letters complaining about her comments at the board meeting. In the Vallejo Times-Herald, for example, a former City Council candidate named Billy Innes identifies Roberson as a “Compass Real Estate agent” multiple times — an emphasis Roberson believes was made in an attempt to get her fired — and claims the mother delivered a “lengthy, bigoted diatribe denouncing” “gender-inclusionary language.” He also claims Roberson promotes racism, transphobia, “anti-COVID safety,” and “content that favors Eugenics” on her website. Roberson denies all these claims and described them as horrifying.
There was also a letter written to Compass from a woman named Nathalie Christian, the treasurer of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia and self-described story development coordinator for The Benicia Independent, an openly left-wing blog.
In the letter, Christian tells Compass that Roberson has an “anti-equity, anti-trans, anti-Black, and anti-choice” “agenda” and suggests the mother be fired or punished by the company. The letter also asks about Compass’ DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) practices and how Compass “disciplines” agents who are “openly engaging in divisive, hateful, harassing, or abusive rhetoric in their personal lives.”
Further, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia member gives the company a deadline of 9 a.m. on May 1 for a response, lest the Benicia Independent move forward with its post on Roberson. Notably, Christian writes that the post “will reach between 1,300 and 1,500 people and will reference that Ms. Roberson is currently employed by Compass.”
Roberson reportedly received a call on May 1 to let her know Compass was cutting ties with her.
“I just randomly got a call on May 1 — which was the deadline date that the treasurer of the Progressive Democrats had given — from the regional corporate director,” Roberson said. “He said, ‘Well, Janet, I’m calling to say you can no longer do business as a Compass agent.’ And I was — my heart just dropped. I was absolutely devastated.”
“I said, my performance is great, my sales have been stellar, I’m an earner, I’m working so hard and I’m making money for the company,” she recalled telling the director. “And he said, this has nothing to do with business. And that really shocked me, and I said, ‘Well, that says all you need to say right there. If you’re saying this has nothing to do with business, what does this have to do with?’ And he said — I don’t remember his exact words, but words to the effect of, well, the past week has been a lot.”
Compass has received backlash over the company’s apparent removal of Roberson for speaking at a school board meeting, and in a post on X, the company said the “decision to disassociate [Roberson’s] license was made at the request of her team’s owner.”