Friday, August 31, 2012

Jehovah's Witness Teachers Sue Over Refusal To Rehire

Naples (FL) News reports on a suit filed last week in a Florida federal district court by two teachers who claim that a Fort Myers elementary school  refused to rehire them after the principal found that they are members of the Jehovah's Witnesses.  Kristine and Gerardo Rosales contend that Principal Holly Bell, with whom they previously had a close relationship, refused to "engage in any meaningful communication or interaction" with them, especially after they refused to attend the school's Christmas event.  Jehovah's Witnesses religion does not permit celebration of Christmas. The lawsuit alleges that the principal denied Kristine Rosales' tenure by failing to follow the evaluation provisions of the collective bargaining agreement, and that she claimed a non-existent reduction in forces as a reason for not rehiring Geraldo Rosales.