Appeals court sides with teachers in lawsuit

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed a state district judge’s decision that the Lafayette Parish School Board owes two employees back pay.

The Advocate reports ( ) the judge also ordered the school system on Wednesday to reinstate the salaries the two educators earned while working at the now-closed Charter High School starting with the 2012-13 school year.

Jan Aillet, a librarian, and Marilyn Doucet, an English teacher, were displaced from Charter High School when it was closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

The women filed a lawsuit in district court in 2012. It state law that protects teacher pay from being reduced from the prior year’s salary unless it involves a demotion, accounting error or loss of voter-approved funding for supplemental pay.

Information from: The Advocate,

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