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Teacher Files Suit over Fear of Children

Teacher Files Suit over Fear of Children

Teacher Files Suit over Fear of Children

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/15/teacher-sues-discrimination-fear-kids/1835363/

A Spanish teacher has initiated a suit against her school district in Ohio for transferring her from high school to junior high. The teacher claims to have a well documented phobia, and that phobia is pedophobia or the fear of small children. The teacher's fear my seem ridiculous to many, but court documents filed in the suit show a history of primary physicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists treating her for the condition. Her symptoms include high blood pressure, anxiety, vomiting, and nightmares. Although one may rightfully question her career choice, the teacher has taught in that particular school district for over 35 years, and she wasn't afflicted with this disorder until the 1990s. The suit claims the transfer from high school to junior high was retaliation against the teacher for speaking to parents about curriculum changes.

Disabilities come in many forms, and this strange example of a disability demonstrates this notion. Although it is unclear what caused the teacher's disability in this lawsuit, one could deduce it was the result of working with children. Accidents and injuries while at work are a common occurrence in our country. Many workers feel they can't come forward with injuries that take place on the job for fear of retaliation from employers. However, workers have a right and in some instances an obligation to report workplace mishaps. This reporting should be free of retaliation from employers.

Once a worker is injured on the job, he or she needs to understand his or her rights. Many times employers will offer quick settlements for work-related injuries that are not in the worker's best interest. This ensures employers protect their bottom dollar at the expense of their employees. The law firm of Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC understands worker's compensation issues. If you or a loved one has been injured in a work-related accident, please contact our firm to speak with a knowledgeable worker's compensation attorney. Call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a worker's compensation expert.

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