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Educator alleges wrongful termination due to complaints

The vast majority of people in Missouri and across the country who go into the field of education do so because they are dedicated to helping students. Unfortunately, some educators are often put into the uncomfortable position of speaking up against certain practices of the school system, even though it means confronting their employer. In fact, a woman in another states claims she was the victim of wrongful termination after she advocated for special education students.

The woman was hired by the school board named as defendant in the case as a paraeducator in 2016. She claims in a lawsuit that she notified school administrators about her concerns that certain school policies were violating the rights of special-needs students. Though her lawsuit does not detail her specific concerns, they reportedly related to "limited resources and limited staff." The school system's practices, she argues, violate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Court filings indicate that the woman was initially placed on unpaid leave before being terminated following a special school board meeting. A representative from the school board claims that the woman's concerns were specifically centered around one student. Though he argues that he cannot go into details to protect the student's privacy, he says that the school system is working with the family to resolve any issues.

Unfortunately, many people in Missouri who become victims of wrongful termination may be unaware that they have legal options to respond to such treatment. For example, they can seek legal recourse by filing a lawsuit against their employer. While a successfully presented case can help with some of the financial ramifications stemming from their termination, such action can also ensure that others are not treated similarly in the future.

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