A former La Canada Unified School District principal dropped her lawsuit alleging she was the subject of a backlash after she filed an internal complaint for pregnancy discrimination.
Christine Castillo filed court papers on her own behalf on Dec. 12 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock requesting that her retaliation case be dismissed. The papers stated no reason for her decision.
In her suit, Castillo alleged she was “surreptitiously terminated” in March 2016 and that she did not realize she had been fired until she received tax documents “evidencing her termination.”
Castillo filed her suit in December 2016. She said she moved from Seattle in July 2012 to take the job as principal of La Canada Elementary School. A month later, she met with Superintendent Wendy Sinnette and told her she was pregnant, the suit stated.
Sinnette reacted negatively and told Castillo, “This is really going to upset your staff and parents,” “I made it clear what this job required” and “I need a drink,” the suit alleged.
In 2015, Sinnette met with Castillo and told her the Board of Education was considering not keeping her on as principal because of “negative staff relationships,” the suit states.
Castillo filed an internal complaint alleging she was discriminated and retaliated against because of her gender, her pregnancy and for taking leave, the suit stated.
The district sent Castillo a letter stating that she had been reassigned to duties as a first-grade teacher, but she was later told she was no longer entitled to the teaching position and was instead placed on indefinite leave, the suit stated.
The LCUSD lawyers maintained that Castillo waited too long to file the lawsuit. They also denied her claim in her court papers that she was “surreptitiously terminated.”
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