Teacher Sues for Disability Discrimination: Fear of Kids

discriminated againstAn Ohio schoolteacher is suing her school district because they discriminated against her on the basis they made her teach kids. Go ahead and read that one again. Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, was a high school French and Spanish teacher but alleges the school district reassigned her to teach junior high. This was a problem for the 61-year-old teacher as she suffers from pedophobia, a fear of young children.

The plaintiff states the Mariemont school district knew of her condition and still assigned her to teach younger aged students. Willard claims she suffered from stress, anxiety, chest pains, vomiting, nightmares and high blood pressure when she is in contact with young children.

Okay let us discuss the obvious first: Why on earth would a person who hates kids become a teacher? I’m not saying that pedophobia isn’t a real thing (it probably isn’t) but who in their right mind would say: “I absolutely hate little kids . . . I should be a teacher.” As the kids say today, that shit’s cray.

Moving on to the merits of this case, it doesn’t look bright for Waltherr-Willard. Junior High? That is basically the same as High School. If this was Elementary School you have and open and shut case, but half these kids have hit puberty and are basically real people. If Maria said she had a fear of squeaky voices and kids who don’t wear deodorant then she would be coasting into retirement with a fat settlement. Instead she now is going to finish her career with acne, cootie catchers and games of MASH. Okay, on second thought she is going to win easily . . . teaching junior high has to be the worst.

Douglas Stephan is a solo attorney and owner of the Law Office of Douglas A. Stephan. He received his JD in 2010 from Ohio Northern University and BA from Ohio University. His practice is located outside of Dayton, Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @stephanlaw.

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