Teacher wins $1 million lawsuit
A third-grade teacher from California has been awarded a $1 million judgment after a jury found the Chula Vista Elementary School District (in San Diego County) had discriminated against her when she lost her job after becoming pregnant.
"Danielle Coziahr was a probationary teacher at Silver Wing Elementary School in Otay Mesa for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years. School districts can choose not to renew the contracts of such teachers without giving a reason," according to an article in today's Union Tribune. "A jury decided Friday that there was a reason – Coziahr was discriminated against. The jury found that the school district decided not to continue her employment, which would have made her a tenured teacher, because she is a woman."
“The money is an afterthought,” the article quotes Coziahr. “I wasn't seeking litigation for compensation. I was seeking litigation to clear my name. I'm basically blackballed. I can no longer teach in San Diego County. My teaching career has ended.”