MCAD – No Probable Cause Found in Teacher Discrimination Case


Attorney Courtney E. Mayo obtained dismissal on behalf of a public school department in an action brought by a teacher alleging discrimination based on disability and retaliation.

The complainant, a high school math teacher, filed suit against his former employer alleging that he was laid off because he had taken leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).

Attorney Mayo argued, in part, that the complainant did not hold a Massachusetts Educators’ License and unlicensed teacher contracts are automatically non-renewed at the end of every school year.  Furthermore, the complainant’s supervisor and principal advised that his contract was not renewed for failure to meet performance expectations, specifically pertaining to the geometry curriculum.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) determined that the complainant failed to establish the prima facie case and evidence to show a causal connection between his protected activity and his termination.  The matter was dismissed for lack of probable cause in favor of Attorney Mayo’s client public school.

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