80-Year-Old NYC Teacher's Firing OK, Court Says

A Manhattan state court ruling this week says Lillie Leon's dismissal last year was "not shocking to one's sense of fairness."

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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80-Year-Old NYC Teacher's Firing OK: Court

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 A New York City teacher who said she was wrongfully fired at age 80 has lost one bid to get her job back. But she's still pursuing another avenue.

A Manhattan state court ruling this week says Lillie Leon's dismissal last year was "not shocking to one's sense of fairness."

Leon's lawyer, Stewart Karlin, noted Friday she still has a federal age-discrimination suit pending. The Manhattan case contested the firing under state law.

City lawyers say Leon was justly dismissed. They note that an administrative hearing officer found she repeatedly refused assignments.

Leon was fired after 34 years of teaching.

She said she was dismissed after complaining about a new room assignment. She said it forced her to shepherd her Queens kindergarteners to a distant bathroom on a bad knee.

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