At its meeting on June 2, the Leon County School Board voted to approve settlements for two lawsuits filed by LCS employees.
The first is a $13,000 settlement between Shannon Haire and Leon County Schools.
“Ms. Haire is a school board employee who alleges that she was subjected to sexual harassment and assault by her supervisor while employed at John G. Riley Elementary School and retaliation for reporting the same,” staff reports.
The summons and complaint were served in June 2019, and the Board filed its answer denying the allegations in July 2019.
Following mediation, a settlement of $35,000 plus payment of mediation costs was reached. Staff reports that the Board is responsible for $13,000 of the settlement. The remainder will be paid by AIG, the school district’s insurance company.
The second is a $17,500 settlement between Debra Clayton and Leon County Schools.
“Ms. Clayton is a 61-year-old African-American female who was employed with the School Board as a paraprofessional,” staff reports. “She resigned her position at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. She claimed that while an employee she was subjected to discriminatory treatment in the form of reduction of her work hours on the basis of her age.”
Clayton also alleges that she was subjected to retaliation after she submitted written complaints to the superintendent, deputy superintendent, and assistant superintendent at the time.
Clayton’s complaint was filed in July 2018, and the answer was filed in October 2018. Following mediation, a $17,500 settlement was reached.
Staff reports that both settlements cost significantly less than moving forward with litigation.