Parties in wrongful termination suit agree to dismissal

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 24, 2013, 9:31am

HOUSTON - A Houston area school district and one of its former employees consented earlier this month to end the legal battle between them, recent court records indicate.

As previously reported, plaintiff Azma Naseer Qazi sued Katy Independent School District last year for wrongful termination based on her nationality and religion.

Qazi, a Pakistani Muslim, alleged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 17, 2012, that KISD did nothing to address the harassment the ex-para-professional claimed to have undergone.

The plaintiff said the school district instead moved to fire her in early June 2011.

In its defense, KISD explained that it knew nothing about the mistreatment at Qazi's expense and insisted the latter and her presumed harasser used to be friends before “they apparently had a falling out for some unknown reason,” according to a formal rebuttal submitted earlier this year.

The respondent ultimately denied it discriminated against Qazi.

Both parties entered a stipulation of dismissal on Sept. 4, and U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison issued an order in favor of the move the same day.

Case No. 4:12-CV-2771

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