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Terminated Florida teacher had her rights violated, judge rules

This is an interesting story about a teacher who was terminated after allegations about her calling students inappropriate names. If you find yourself in a situation like hers, you may be in some luck. She was fired without being properly investigated, and that means that the school may have overstepped its bounds and broken a union contract. In your situation, breaking a union contract may help you get rehired or even receive compensation for your unlawful termination.

In this woman's situation, she was dismissed for allegedly calling students by the "N" word. However, the public school, Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida, did not place the woman on suspension without pay. Instead, the school bypassed the union's three-step program for dismissals, firing her immediately.

According to the story, the allegations would have only accounted for a minor violation, even if they were found to be true. It does not classify as serious misconduct, her defense added. Because of the way her situation has played out, she may be rehired in the near future; the school board is meeting to discuss that on the week of August 17.

The woman, a 21-year educator, has previously faced disciplinary action for foul language, the news reported, but that has not been part of the three-step dismissal plan that the school should have followed. Since 2001, the woman has allegedly been given three warnings for her language and similar behavior. If the school wanted to terminate her, it would have had to have investigated correctly, instead of violating the terms of the teacher's union as it did. A judge, who ruled that the school violated the woman's contract, has said the woman could be rehired.

Source: New York Daily News, "Fired Florida teacher could be re-hired after judge says dismissal for allegedly calling students 'N-word' breached union contract" Lee Moran, Aug. 13, 2014

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