CASTLE ROCK - The Douglas County Federation of Teachers filed two lawsuits Friday, alleging that the Douglas County School District illegally didn't consider teachers for job openings after being laid off and that it wrongly eliminated a bank of sick leave days.
"This is about treating teachers fairly and professionally, and acting within the law," DCFT President Brenda Smith said in a news release. "The teachers who were downsized out of a job are veteran teachers with 60 plus years of experience between them."
The two lawsuits, filed in Douglas County District Court, were bundled into one filing.
The union says Douglas County teachers donated a sick day a year to a bank that was used by teachers who had exhausted their sick leave days after long term illnesses. This bank was terminated in July 2012, with roughly 10,000 days remaining, according to DCFT.
The Douglas County School District released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
"This is a frivolous lawsuit designed to score political points with old news. The union is trying to gain rights under a collective bargaining agreement that expired last summer due to its unwillingness to work collaboratively with the school district."
"The fact is, last year, Douglas County School District (DCSD) gave our teachers one of the largest raises on the Front Range at a time when few other school districts did, and we also expanded benefits. This is a union that has tried to flood the community with misinformation and political spin in an effort to tear down the excellent reputation of our schools and our teachers. We'll deal with this frivolous lawsuit directly. But we will not allow it to distract us from what public schools are actually about-educating kids for the 21st century."
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