$1 Billion Age Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Los Angeles Unified School District

Discrimination hurts employeesA 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.

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2 Responses to $1 Billion Age Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Los Angeles Unified School District

  1. Mike Repp Mike Repp says:

    As an LAUSD insider who truly believes this class action lawsuit has merit, (even if on an individual basis the named plaintiff, Rafe Esquith deserevd to be fired) I will be watching this case closely. Best wishes to all those LAUSD teachers who have been harassed through this teacher jail process. LAUSD teacher jail is merely a front for LAUSD circumventing the contract and effecting a labor agenda. By assigning a bunch of lawyers and good records pull, statistical analysis, teacher testimony, etc I feel the Law Firm of Geragos & Geragos has a chance to win this case.

    • Douglas Silverstein Douglas Silverstein says:

      Thanks for the comment, Mike. We support teachers and other workers in the ongoing fight against unlawful workplace discrimination.