From this morning Republican American
(full story available on line http://rep-am.com)
Former Cornwall Consolidated School art teacher Diane Dupuis claimed she was “harassed, bullied, ostracized,\humiliated and intimidated” by Principal Michael Croft in her complaint to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
In her complaint dated Feb. 28, 2014, which was obtained through
a Freedom of Information request to the commission, Dupuis
claimed she was the target of age and sex discrimination at her job.
She claimed her gender and age — 62 at the time — were the motivating
factors in Croft’s behavior toward her, and that she was aware
of other older female teachers being treated similarly by Croft.
Croft declined to comment on the complaint because it was a
personnel matter. Dupuis left her position in May,and a settlement between her and the Board of Education was reached on June 8. Terms of the settlement called for Dupuis, who had been at the school since 2007,
to be paid $40,000 — $10,000 from CIRMA, the board’s insurance
carrier, and $30,000 from the board. She also is receiving
health benefits until November 2016. According to the settlement,
Dupuis and the board decided to come to an agreement
to avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation.