Rina Shapira began working at Ronald Wornick Jewish Day School in 2001 as a teacher focusing on Hebrew language. The San Mateo Daily Journal reported on November 8, 2011, that after being terminated in August 2011, the 77-year-old Shapira is now suing the school, head of school and board president. According to the Journal, she is alleging age and national origin discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of contract and good faith, failure to pay overtime and wages and a violation of the Unfair Competition Law.
Shapira was reportedly happy with her employer until September 2009 when Barbra Gereboff was hired as Head of School. According to the lawsuit, concerns Gereboff had regarding Shapira’s teaching style were never brought to the plaintiff’s attention until a meeting to discuss her planned termination.
The Journal also reported that the employment discrimination lawsuit notes nine additional cases in which employees of the school, all 40 or older, “were thought to have suffered improper retaliation which included being fired or having hours cut dramatically without much reason.” According to the lawsuit, new employees were often significantly younger and were not of Israeli origin.
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