Homedale School District has agreed to pay $225,000 to Gloria Lejardi to settle her wrongful termination claims. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Boise in December of 2014, and came to a resolution during mediation in mid-June.
Strindberg & Scholnick attorneys Erika Birch and Erik Strindberg were able to help former school registrar after she was fired for refusing to make changes to a student's transcript, and then not being given a proper grievance hearing, nor being informed of the grievance process.
Earlier this year, U.S. District of Idaho Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the school district had violated state law when it denied Ms. Lejardi a grievance procedure, referencing the State Department of Education’s ethics code and the school district’s curriculum policy in making his decision.
In addition to the monetary award, the school district will also remove the final negative performance evaluation from Ms. Lejardi’s record and provide her with a positive recommendation letter to seek future employment. They will also implement a new policy that identifies a grievance policy for classified employees, helping future classified employees of the district.
In an interview with the Owyhee Avalanche, attorney Erika Birch stated that “the law firm hopes that the message has been received by the district and they certainly think twice before they try to step on somebody’s rights again.”
Erika Birch resolves Superintendent Linda Clark's breach of contract claim against the West Ada School District
The West Ada School District has agreed to pay $160,000 to former Superintendent Dr. Linda Clark after everything that happened regarding her resignation last October. The settlement avoids the lawsuit that would have alleged a breach of contract, damage to Dr. Clark's name and reputation, and creating a hostile work environment that forced Dr. Clark to resign.
The settlement compensates Dr. Clark for a small part of the actual losses, and brings the matter to a close.
Further details about the matter can be read on the Idaho Statesman website, or by clicking this link.
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