Michigan School District to Pay $107K to Settle Federal Retaliation Lawsuit

September 20, 2019

A school district in Michigan will pay $107,000 do settle a federal retaliation lawsuit.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says the Waterford Public School System in Waterford, Michigan, will additionally provide other relief to settle the retaliation case.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a history and social studies teacher was subjected to a layoff. Because the teacher believed he was laid off because of his age, he filed a discrimination charge with the EEOC. The lawsuit alleged that subsequently the school district recalled other teachers to work full time and hired other full-time social studies teachers but did not recall the history teacher to his former position in retaliation for his EEOC charge.

Such alleged conduct violates the anti-retaliation provision in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). After attempting to reach a pre-litigation resolution through its conĀ­ciliation process, the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan (EEOC v. Waterford Public School System, Case No. 11015).

In addition to the monetary relief, the 2 Ā½-year consent decree settling the suit provides for injunctive relief, notice posting and training on the ADEA.

Source: EEOC

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