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Homedale School District Settles in Wrongful Termination Case

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.”