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Ex-Columbus teacher’s FMLA violation claims reinstated

August 25, 2015

A Columbus teacher who claimed his contract wasn’t renewed after he missed 23 days of school should have his day in court on his claims that the school system interfered with his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act and retaliated against him.

Former fifth-grade teacher Terrence Preddie is diabetic and his son, Elliott, suffers from sickle cell anemia, according to the record in Terrence Preddie v. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., 14-3125. When Preddie’s teaching contract wasn’t renewed after the 2010-2011 school year, he sued alleging violations under FMLA, race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The District Court granted summary judgment in favor of the school system on all claims. In a per curiam opinion, judges on a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed for the most part but remanded the FMLA claim.

The 7th Circuit noted that Preddie had placed the schools on notice of his son’s illness and his diabetes, and there was sufficient evidence in the record from which a jury could conclude that the schools interfered with Preddie’s FMLA rights and retaliated by failing to renew his contract.




 

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