Friday, August 13, 1999
School harassment complaint update
As previously reported, a complaint had been filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on April 28, 1999 against the Carlisle Public School for failing to take appropriate action when sexual harassment was reported and there was also a retaliation issue. The school issued a statement denying the allegations saying that the district had taken appropriate action and had not retaliated against anyone named in the case before the OCR.
Findings on the complaint were expected from the OCR in 135 days, or by mid-September. However, on June 22, the same aggrieved person filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Therefore, OCR spokesman Roger Murphy said the office is not investigating the component of the complaint which involved student sexual harassment and retaliation against the student, deferring to the state agency. However, the OCR will continue to investigate the complaint of retaliation against an employee. The federal agency's decision is expected by mid-September.
Little information is available about the MCAD complaint as the documents are still in process.
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