Teachers and educators have hard enough jobs already—sexual harassment is not something they should be subjected to in the workplace.
Sadly, an employee of the Alisal Union School District in Salinas has filed a lawsuit against the district saying that high-ranking employees subjected her to inappropriate sexual remarks and behavior.
According to the Californian, Elizabeth Najera has filed the lawsuit against the district and four employees, including former principal Jesus Lepe, board trustee Meredith Ibarra, kindergarten teacher Jose Ibarra and former district employee Elvin Ibarra. The Ibarras are reportedly related.
Najera claims that the defendants violated California Government Code 12940, which prohibits discrimination based on sex and gender. In her lawsuit, she claims that Lepe subjected her to inappropriate remarks and “tried to get physically close to her and regularly made sexually suggestive comments.”
Najera was a clerk assigned to Frank Paul School. She said that she received a negative job evaluation from Lepe, who was a principal at the school, after she rebuffed his advances.
In her lawsuit, Najera seeks damages for lost earnings and job benefits, incurred medical expenses and humiliation, embarrassment, mental and emotional distress. She has reportedly been moved to another campus in the district.
The Ibarras were included in the lawsuit, because they allegedly began to harass Najera after she filed a complaint against Lepe.
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