Unmarried School Principal Demoted From Post Because Of Pregnancy? Claims Officials Were Wary Over What Parents Would Say

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald January 09, 08:53 am
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A pregnant woman holding her stomach in an undated photo. A former principal in California filed a lawsuit against her school district as she claimed that she was demoted to being a teacher because she was unmarried when she got pregnant.
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A school principal, who got pregnant but is not yet married, said in a statement that she was demoted form her post because of the situation she was in. She also claimed that the officials told her they were worried about what parents would say about her pregnancy since she is not married.

According to Daily Mail, the teacher was identified as Christine Castillo. She was moved to a teaching position for the 2015-2016 school year at La Cañada Unified School District in California after the employees gave her negative evaluations. Castillo then decided to file a sex discrimination lawsuit against the district and she wants to be reinstated as the principal or have the superintendent of the district resign.

The La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent was identified as Wendy Sinnette. Castillo said that she told them she was expecting her first child in 2012. In her lawsuit, she also revealed that the district denied her doctor's recommendation for reduced hours then they conducted the evaluations.

Sinnette reportedly told Castillo that the pregnancy was going to upset the parents and the staff of the school, saying she made it clear to the former principal what the job required. Castillo's attorney, Ben Meiselas, said the school district stating that being pregnant without having a husband is a scarlet letter on a woman is not a problem since it is no longer the 18th century.

Meanwhile, this was not the first time that Castillo filed a complaint. She initially filed an internal complaint in April of 2015 and as per the results of the investigation, it was found that Sinnette and the former superintendent of human resources, Patricia Hager, were both concerned about the pregnancy of Castillo, sparking negative reactions in the community.

In an interview with NBC, she said that she was excited to be pregnant and starting a family but she never thought it would compromise her job. She added, "The experience that I had there was so awful, and it was so debilitating, that it's important for me to say something about it."

School board member Ellen Multari said that it is unfortunate that Castillo and her representatives are pursuing a legal strategy. They added the placement in the classroom had nothing to do with her pregnancy.

Here is another case of someone getting fired because of being unmarried and pregnant. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below!

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