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A former elementary principal has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against a Southern California school district, claiming she was demoted and reassigned because she was pregnant and unmarried.
Christine Castillo alleges she was discriminated against by La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, among other employees with the district in La Cañada Flintridge, California, when she told them she was expecting a child in 2012, NBC4 reported.
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In a suit filed Dec 28 through the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Castillo claims the district denied her a doctor's recommendation for reduced hours during pregnancy and later conducted negative employee evaluations.
This led to her being reassigned to a teaching position for the 2015-16 school year.
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Sinnette allegedly made statements to Castillo, such as 'This is really going to upset your staff and parents', 'I made it clear what this job required' and 'I need a drink'.
The lawsuit also states that Sinnette told Castillo she should have told the district about her pregnancy sooner.
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'This is something you would have expected to hear in the 19th or 18th century.
'For the school district to state that being pregnant is a scarlet letter on a woman - that's a problem if the community really feels that way', said Ben Meiselas, Castillo's attorney.
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Castillo - who gave birth to daughter Alissa on Dec. 19, 2012 - was hired by the district in July of that year and told them she was pregnant the following month.
'When the words came out of my mouth, I could just see her body just freeze. Her face just looked so disappointed', Castillo said of Sinnette's...
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