- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield Public Schools secretary has filed a lawsuit accusing the school district of age discrimination.

Lynn Neff, 60, alleged in the lawsuit filed earlier this year that the district tried to fire her because it “wanted younger employees working for SPS and in the curriculum department,” The Springfield News-Leader reported (https://j.mp/1W1er5f). Neff works as a secretary in the district’s curriculum department.

Springfield Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe said the district denies the allegations.

Neff’s lawsuit also claimed the district engaged retaliated by shrinking her work space, swapping her new computer for an old one, limiting access to supplies, and requiring her to count pencils and sticky notes.

Neff has worked for the district since 2002. The lawsuit seeks attorney fees and unspecified punitive damages for “pain, suffering, humiliation and deprivation of rights.” It also asks for a court order to stop the alleged discrimination.

Attorney Todd Johnson, who represents the district and two other defendants, has also filed responses denying Neff’s claims and saying the district acted in “good faith” toward the employee. Springfield Public Schools also contends that Neff did not file her charge of discrimination in a timely manner and it ought to be dismissed. The district also asks for Neff to cover the district’s attorney fees.

No trial date has been scheduled.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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