Wow, thanks for the information.
If the employer's written policy in the employee handbook, and school board approved, regarding administrative leave is to investigate and resolve the situation within ten business days and the employer does not do so, does the employee have the right to take legal action against the employer? And does the district have a legal case if they do not follow their own written policy
In this school district, situations like this have been known to go on for months, leaving a teacher out of the classroom. I have personally known someone who waited at least four months to hear from the district.
This district HR department refuses to give employees the complaint forms for any situation. Arizona does not acknowledge unions, and the teacher "union" has been functioning under another name, and has no useable power. They have tried repeatedly to help teachers who become involved in these types of situations and are not successful.
Each year, the school district will place at least one high school teacher on administrative leave of this nature, and at least one or two other elmentary or middle school teachers. Each time, the teacher is "acquitted" of the accusations, but the district does not renew these teachers contracts, without explanation. According to AZ laws, the district does is not required to give a reason for non-renewal to administrators or teachers who have been in district less than three years. Some of these teachers have been in district longer than three years and still become non renewed after such events.
Okay, what has been known to happen in the past when an employee feels that the district is not following their own policies or the state policies is that someone usually ends up calling the state of Arizona to inquire as to the legality of the situation (whether is is administrative leave, educational policy, snow days, etc). The state will answer the employees questions, but then also call the superintendant's office to inquire as to the situation. I have seen this happen several times in this district. The state does not reveal the caller's name, but the district will call in several "suspects" and ask if they were responsible for the call. The person will then be fired, usually within the month.
I have moved on to a new school district in another state, but I have many friends who are still involved in this school district. We have educated ourselves as thoroughly as possible by reading state laws and district policies, and can pinpoint several instances where the school district, in our opinion, seems to be treating employees unethically. Although the "union" has attempted to help, it cannot really do anything. What is your suggestion to those teachers still working in this district?
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