EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATION; EVIDENCE OF UNLAWFUL MOTIVATION; NEXUS – Employer Statements or Conduct; Threats
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504.12000 – Employer Statements or Conduct; Threats
On several occasions, the principal expressed, and other teachers parroted, their mistaken belief that the teacher had filed a grievance about the independent study program.) The memo was the first time that the principal expressed her concerns about the teacher’s work after 6 months of silent visits. The principal’s testimony that the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services approved the memo to the teacher scheduling 26 hours of observation conflicts with the testimony of the Assistant Superintendent, who stated that the draft he reviewed was missing the proposed hours of observation. Although the principal testified that she had concerns about the teacher’s teaching style for months, the teacher had an exemplary record. In fact the principal had previously written a glowing recommendation for the teacher’s application as a consulting teacher, in which he would evaluate “teachers in trouble.” The teacher’s performance evaluations included praise for the teacher’s ability to assess students and to modify his teaching style to meet students’ needs.