A court has dismissed three Livingston teachers’ age discrimination lawsuit for lack of merit. The teachers filed suit under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination after they were transferred to different schools late in their careers.
A 50-year-old teacher complained that after his transfer, he could not leave work an hour early as he could at his former school. A 61-year-old teacher complained that his transfer forced him to teach fifth-graders instead of sixth-graders and left him little time for “collegiality.” He blamed this for increased criticism of his performance. Another 61-year-old teacher also cited a lack of collegiality, claiming her new assistant principal kept asking her when she was going to retire.
The court dismissed all three arguments without even writing an opinion.
Ouch! Now there’s a lack of collegiality.
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