Originally Posted by Douglas
While it is true that giving poor reviews is potentially grounds for a suit (tortious interference?) in theory, good luck proving it. You'll have to lawyer up at great xpense and hope things go your way. At this point there's not even any evidence showing the old employer has said anything.
Bingo. Its almost impossible to prove discrimination unless there was some extremely over action taken by the employer.
Originally Posted by JayJay
If the old employer was speaking documented fact, then how is it illegal?
Its not illegal. Just extremely shitty.
Originally Posted by Bhowie
So I looked at the resume with my wife and we both came to the conclusion that she is more than likely going to find a new line of work. I didn't say this before b/c I figured it could do more harm than good. I'm not sure you should even tell her that, it could just create problems between you and your aunt. I would think very hard before you relay any of what I'm now posting. Most principles want 2 generic types of teachers: 1) A young moldable teacher who is going to be a team player. 2) A teacher who has excellent qualifications who can fill the role of a leader or a senior position. Something else she has going against her is a teacher who taught as long as she did is going to be 25%-40% more expensive than a brand new teacher, especially with her advanced degrees. This is actually a huge factor she is going to have to deal with. Start doing searches on the net about the difficulties older teachers are having finding jobs. Again there is really not much she can do to change this, that is part of the reason I didn't send this in my PM. If you want me to edit my post for any reason just let me know. The jumping around of some of the positions she held were a red flag we picked up on and assumed what you posted is what happened.
Don't edit your post. I really appreciate your honesty and I've come to many of the same conclusions myself. She makes roughly $65k so its a much greater expense for the districts than someone right out of graduate school making $40. I can't tell her straight out that it might not happen for her, mostly because it would completely devastate her. The position jumping around happened in the previous county and was related to a poor principal (again, someone new who came in and wanted rid of her I believe). Two of her former principal's are retired and the rest, I assume, are no problems on the reference front. Its only this current principal who's the (assumed) problem. She has two major factors going against a career change: 1) she's only 5 years from making 30 and getting her pension, and 2) she really knows nothing else. She's been teaching since I was a baby and that's all she does. No life outside of teaching, no social circle, no nothing. Its very very sad but its the way she's done it. Can't really do much to change that now.