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Lawyers file amendment in teacher's lawsuit

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Attorneys for Zeynep Unal, a special education teacher who currently works at Mountain Elementary School, recently filed an amended complaint to a 2013 lawsuit she filed against the Los Alamos Public Schools, The Los Alamos School Board, Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and Superintendent of Schools Eugene Schmidt.
In her lawsuit, Unal alleges she was harassed and discriminated against by her former boss, Vandenkieboom, the principal at Aspen Elementary School.
Court documents said Vandenkieboom would discriminate against her by excluding her from formal meetings and making “insensitive remarks regarding the ethnicity and national origin of both the plaintiff and other persons as well (Unal is Turkish).”
Unal also claimed that Vandenkieboom made working conditions difficult for her, primarily by refusing her teacher’s assistants to deal with heavy class loads at the time, which occurred during the 2008-09 school year. Other teachers, Unal said, were provided aides. “...other teachers’ overloads were ameliorated within weeks of requests by other teachers,” Unal said in her report.
Unal also alleged that the harassment and discrimination she experienced caused her health problems as well as anxiety issues, which caused her to go on hiatus for the 2011-2012 school year.


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