FORT PIERCE – A St. Lucie County teacher alleges she was wrongfully terminated due to her pregnancy.
Natalya Kutorkyna Idrisov filed a complaint on May 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Pierce Division against Charter Schools USA at Tradition St. Lucie LLC, doing business as Renaissance Charter School at Tradition, alleging that the school officials allegedly violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at the beginning of March 2015, she informed school officials that she was pregnant, she was due on September 2015 and she was having pregnancy complications. She alleges she requested an accommodation in the form of a substitute teacher on days she needed to leave early for her medical appointments, but that request was not granted.
On May 19, 2015, she alleges she was suspended because of a disruptive and disobedient student that she escorted out of her classroom. The suit states that she was terminated on May 28, 2015.
The plaintiff holds Charter Schools USA at Tradition St. Lucie LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to accommodate her request to arrange a substitute teacher for her doctor’s appointments, refused to transfer a disruptive and disobedient student in her class and hired someone who was not pregnant to replace her.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks declaration that the acts and practices of defendant violated the PDA, an order directing defendant to place her in the position she would have occupied but for defendant’s discriminatory treatment of her, compensation for all damages, attorney’s fees and costs and such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper. She is represented by R. Martin Saenz and Ria N. Chattergoon of Saenz & Anderson PLLC in Aventura.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Pierce Division Case number 2:16-cv-14157