When she was told no because she was needed in the classroom, the Obama Justice Department got involved, filing a lawsuit on her behalf in December last year claiming the district violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The other day, according to the Chicago Sun Times, they announced they’d settled her “religious discrimination lawsuit” against the school district, forcing it to pay $75,000 in back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees. The Berkeley, Illinois, district must also develop a policy accommodating religions that is consistent with the Civil Rights Act as well as mandatory training on religious accomodations for all school board members and school supervisors.
Will the CCSD and board members note this recent settlement and get its HR department back on track, just in case a disgruntled employee needs a vacation in the Middle East and needs accomodating? One can only hope.