The federal government has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education claiming a principal discriminated against teachers who got pregnant.
The Dept of Justice is alleging Scammon Elementary School principal Mary Weaver gave teachers low performance evaluations, disciplined them or in some cases fired them after they announced their pregnancies.
The Dept of Justice complaint says eight teachers claims they were let go after getting pregnant.
Documents show a similar pattern with teachers who previously had excellent performance ratings had lowered evaluation scores after telling Principal Weaver they were pregnant.
Weaver is also accused of making comments to teachers before they took maternity leave like “I can't believe you are doing this to me” and “You are going to be out right before mandatory testing.”
When some teachers came back and had to use breast pumps at work, documents show Weaver said things like “This isn't over yet?” and “When will you be done with that?”
The Chicago Teachers Union says it brought these concerns to the Chicago Public School Board of Education in 2011 but nothing was done. In fact, last year, Mayor Emanuel, along with CPS, awarded Weaver with a Principal Achievement Award.