When it comes to the topic of employment contract enforcement, it's important for every person to recognize that he or she should not have to endure intimidation or harassment on the job. That's innately part of the agreement between a worker and employer. Yet for one New Jersey teacher in Paterson, employment contract enforcement may be necessary to ensure that she does not have her personal rights violated.
The teacher claims that a new vice principal who was hired as part of a team to help the school increase its overall test scores violated her space and made her working conditions difficult. The teacher alleges that the vice principal leaned over her desk in a threatening manner. She also claims to have been verbally harassed.
Parents in the school district, as well as one former employee of the school who left after the new vice principal came into the fold, echo the teacher's complaints. They say that the vice principal and other school administrators have difficulty communicating with staff and students' families. However, representatives speaking on behalf of the school about the recent leadership changes say the problem is simply in the transition, and that no discrimination or threats occurred.
As with other employment contract enforcement cases in New Jersey, this one will be investigated further to determine whether the claim has merit. About two dozen faculty members at the school have met with union leaders to discuss how the new school administration is treating them, so it is possible that the union will take action on this issue. Regardless, if the teacher who filed the complaint feels that the issue has not been resolved to her satisfaction, she may wish to look at her options for filing an employment discrimination lawsuit.
Source: northjersey.com, Paterson teacher files harassment complaint against vice principal, Joe Malinconico, Jan. 15, 2014