- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

BELLEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $90,000 under a settlement with a former secretary who sued alleging she was terminated due to her history of mental illness.

The Record reports (https://bit.ly/2f7WSzB ) Maria Notare received nearly $53,000 under the settlement with Belleville Public Schools.

Notare’s complaint states she had a history of mental illness dating to before 2011, when she began serving as confidential secretary to former Superintendent of Schools Joseph Picardo.

Notare says Picardo made disparaging comments to other workers about her condition. She says her employment then wasn’t renewed for the 2012-13 school year.

Notare says she was told she was let go due to budgetary reasons and wasn’t allowed to return at a lower salary.

Picardo resigned in December 2012.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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