Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Lawsuit against district settled

June 7, 2007

The Baldwin School District has settled out of court with former employee Karen Young on a lawsuit she filed claiming age discrimination, according to Bob Bezek, school district attorney.

Young filed the lawsuit in June 2006 after former Supt. James White had previously fired her. The lawsuit was filed against the district and White and sought in excess of $500,000 for "violation of age discrimination and negligent infliction of emotional distress." The district settled for $10,000, with $5,000 coming from the district and $5,000 from its insurance company, Bezek said.

"I look upon this as a victory for the school district, but, frankly, no one benefits in cases like this," he said.

The trial date in Federal court had been set for Sept. 11. Bezek informed the Baldwin School Board Monday night of the settlement, which was finalized last week.

Another lawsuit against the district by former Baldwin High School principal Allen Poplin is still in the works, he said.

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