Chula Vista Elementary School
Teacher wins $1 million lawsuit
Baltimore Sun education blog
A third-grade teacher from California has been awarded a $1 million judgment
after a jury found the Chula Vista Elementary School District (in San Diego
County) had discriminated against her when she lost her job after becoming
"Danielle Coziahr was a probationary teacher at Silver Wing Elementary
School in Otay Mesa for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years. School
districts can choose not to renew the contracts of such teachers without giving
a reason," according to an article in today's Union Tribune. "A jury decided
Friday that there was a reason – Coziahr was discriminated against. The jury
found that the school district decided not to continue her employment, which
would have made her a tenured teacher, because she is a woman."
“The money is an afterthought,” the article quotes Coziahr. “I wasn't seeking
litigation for compensation. I was seeking litigation to clear my name. I'm
basically blackballed. I can no longer teach in San Diego County. My teaching
career has ended.”
Posted by Gina Davis on December 12, 2007
Coziahr v. Chula Vista Elementary School District
Case Number D052807
04/08/2008 Notice of appeal lodged/received.
filed April 2, 2008 by CHULA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
04/08/2008 Appellate package sent.
04/08/2008 Received copy of document filed in trial court. Appellant's
designation of record - filed in superior court on 4/8/08 [clerk's and
04/11/2008 Certificate of interested entities and parties filed by:
04/11/2008 Civil case information statement filed.
04/25/2008 Notice to reporter to prepare transcript. CSR Linda Burke:
Nov. 27, 28, 29, 2007; Dec. 3, 4, 5, 2007