A fired teacher has filed a $1 billion class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The age discrimination lawsuit alleges older teachers are being singled out for disciplinary actions and job termination so the school district does not have to pay for their retirements.
According to the lawsuit, LAUSD routinely carries out “witch hunts” where teachers are dragged from their classrooms by school authority figures and placed in “teacher jails”. Details from the lawsuit claim teachers are made to sit in tiny cubicles, or at home, while they await the outcome of their investigations. Accusations lodged against LAUSD have garnered the attention of famous celebrities, such as Ian McKellen, who has shown support for the lawsuit.
The fired teacher who filed the lawsuit is well known in the Los Angeles area, having won awards that include the 2003 National Medal of Arts and Oprah Winfrey’s $100,000 “Use Your Life” award. If successful, the class action lawsuit would inflict punitive damages on LAUSD and award 2,000 teachers damages.
When are Workers Protected Against Age Discrimination?
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers over the age of 40 from age discrimination. These protections include actions on hiring, firing, job assignments and situations involving pay.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys