The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 9, 2001


Commission Against Discrimination dismisses complaint against CPS

At Tuesday's school committee meeting, Carlisle School Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson announced that the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) dismissed a complaint brought against the school by former fifth-grade teacher Susan Greene. On April 12, 2000, Greene had filed a claim with MCAD alleging that she was subject to retaliation due to her support for a student who filed a sexual harassment complaint against another Carlisle teacher.

Greene cited several examples of retaliation on the part of the school. She stated her windshield was shattered while in the school parking lot. (The police were unable to ascertain who was responsible for the act of vandalism.) In addition, she claimed she received different treatment than other members of the teaching staff, including unscheduled evaluations and monitoring of punctuality.

On December 13, 1999 Greene took a leave of absence from her job at the school because she received an anonymous letter and e-mail with threats to her and her family. In her complaint against the school she claimed the school repeatedly requested information from her treating physician as to her expected return to work date.

After investigating the complaints, the commission dismissed the case for "lack of probable cause," stating, "Complainant [Greene] fails to demonstrate a prima facie case of retaliation. ...The evidence fails to sustain that Complainant suffered from any adverse employment action subsequent to assisting this student. Additionally, the evidence does not identify the perpetrator of the windshield incident or the author of the threatening letter/e-mail to be the [Carlisle School]."

Fox-Melanson said that there are other aspects to this issue that are still outstanding.

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