Educator alleges multiple counts of discrimination by FBISD

Carol Ostrow May 19, 2015, 8:33am


HOUSTON -- A woman brought a lawsuit against a public school jurisdiction alleging violation of the ADEA and the 1964 Civil Rights Act in a 2014 work matter.

Guadalupe A. Welsh filed a complaint against the Fort Bend Independent School District, of Sugar Land, in the Houston Division of the U.S. District Court's Southern District of Texas on May 12, claiming discrimination and retaliation in an incident originating in April 2014.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant singled out the plaintiff from other teachers and engaged in persistent discriminatory practices, creating a hostile work environment. Welsh asserts that the FBISD willfully denied her legally required accommodations for a student, deliberately leaving her unaware of the student’s needs and leaving her vulnerable to reprimand.

The plaintiff was placed on a disciplinary plan on April 3, 2014, for allegedly fabricated reasons; and maintains that she was denied a July 9, 2014, request for a letter of recommendation from her principal, compromising her ability to apply for other jobs in the system.

Welsh, 66, states that she was discriminated against based on her age, gender and her Hispanic national origin. Citing lost wages and earning capacity, the plaintiff seeks compensation for back pay; compensatory, punitive and liquidated damages up to $300,000; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorneys' fees; expenses and costs.

She is represented by Jeremy Saenz of Wagner Saenz Dority in Houston.

Houston Division of the U.S. District Court's Southern District of Texas case no. 4:15-cv-01275.

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