California school board sued for employment discrimination

Employment discrimination has been a problem in California and across the country. A California school district has been faced with an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee. The woman claims that she was terminated out of discrimination and retaliation.

The woman previously worked as an assistant superintendent. As of last summer, she was terminated from her job position due to a time of change in her district. The union and district representatives reportedly classified this as a cultural shift. According to the lawsuit, the woman was denied promotions due to her age and race. In addition, she claims that she was repeatedly harassed by the superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools.

According to the lawsuit, the employer is in violation of government code. The plaintiff claims that she was discriminated against because she is over the age of 40. She is requesting judgment for an amount that is not less than $4 million and also for defamatory documents to be deleted. She further claims that she suffered emotional distress, including anxiety, shock and humiliation.

It generally puts someone in a financial bind when they are terminated from their place of employment. This is especially true when it is untimely and based on discriminatory behavior. Terminating someone based on race or age is illegal in California and considered employment discrimination. The woman may be awarded the damages she's requesting if evidence demonstrates that she was fired for discriminatory reasons. The court may also impose sanctions on the employer and even order that the woman be reinstated to her former position.

Source: The Press Democrat, "Former Santa Rosa schools official claims discrimination in lawsuit", Kerry Benefield, May 2, 2014

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