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    janlin123 posted:
    I am writing for my sister. She is a reading specialist and takes small groups of students to help them with reading in the regular classroom. Although she has her own small room, the Director wants her to stay in the regular classroom. My sister had her first total left hip replacement last June. She waited for the school year to end for fear of retaliation. It was a struggle and the pain was excruciating. She recuperated over the summer and was ready to begin again at the end of August. Then her right hip started to go and it went quickly. The pain was intense during September & October. She knew she couldn't wait until this summer so she scheduled the surgery for the beginning of November. When she was on the table the surgeon refused to do the surgery because her leg was swollen. So she had the surgery in January 2016. This was a more difficult recovery and had setbacks. She was out of school for 3 1/2 months. When she returned, she asked for 2 temporary accommodations - to sit in an adult size chair & to pull her kids out to her room so she could sit on pillows. The Principal accepted and agreed to these accommodations. While she was out, a substitute covered her classes so the kids would not miss any skills. Last week the Principal asked to see her. He said because she did not teach enough (medical leave), he was changing her grade level so she could travel with her students to the third grade. he used the excuse of her being out of school. Keep in mind that when teachers are out on maternity leave, they come right back into their present grade with no question. He also said that he may change her small room (changing her to third grade would put her right in the same area as her small room). He said she could take the elevator for her accommodations. Is this legal? Can he treat her this way and blame her for being out? Has anyone else experienced this discrimination and what can she do? Does she have a legal case? Thank you

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