Tuesday, September 23, 2014

School secretary on paid admin leave for 2 years files EEOC complaint; $30K settlement offer off the table

Tina Needham, the Knox County Schools secretary who has been on paid administrative leave for more than two years, has filed a federal workplace discrimination complaint against the school system, according to county officials.

She is now not expected to accept a $30,000 settlement that the county offered her last month. And county officials say they wouldn't pay it anyway, since she filed the complaint.

In an email Monday to Board of Education members, Superintendent Jim McIntyre said the complaint was filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

McIntyre in the email said officials do not know the nature of the complaint, which has not been publicly released.

The county has received only a notice that it's been filed but not a copy of it.

However, documents previously obtained by WBIR 10News suggest that the complaint potentially focuses on age or some type of disability discrimination.

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