Peoria Public Schools Reaches Settlement with Teacher

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Peoria Public Schools settles a lawsuit with one of its teachers Monday, after an almost three-year legal battle.

According to court documents, former Research Director and current technology teacher Bryan Chumbley filed a lawsuit after taking FMLA time in 2012 for anxiety issues.

He alleged former superintendent, Dr. Grenita Lathen, put him on administrative leave for taking that time, which was approved by the board. He also says she violated his rights when she demoted him from Research Director to teacher the day he came back to work.   

Lathan did call the FMLA request “frustrating” at the time of its approval, but said she took action against Chumbley after he promised the payment of bills without her approval and gave teachers unauthorized access to a restricted database system, which he managed. She also claimed Chumbley waited a month between requesting the time and leaving, which she said was uncommon for somebody with anxiety.

Chumbley says he waited a month to make sure the department would be okay without his leadership, and had district approval before promising payment and giving others access to the system, leading him to file the lawsuit in September 2014.

The board unanimously agreed on the settlement at a regular meeting Monday night without a discussion.

A district spokesman says the cost or details of the settlement could not be publicly discussed at this time. 

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