Hi! I am an elementary teacher who was a former Director of Education, Supervisor of 10 school districts for special education, and an Early Childhood Principal and was awarded a 1.2 million dollar grant to renovate the center for children who were mainly medically fragile. I have also taught special education and regular education classrooms. A little background to lead to my current problem position. I ama special education teacher not by my choice but the principals. I was teaching regular education when I hada car acccident and was out for 2 years. I worked overworked in rehabilitation to return in 2 years so that I could return to the same school. She placed me in special ed. this year and have only behavior disorderd students. In addition, I am severly allergic to corn and popcorn. The principal continues to bring in dishes with corn or chips/popcorn. I asked for a meeting with her boss and I asked thisw demonstrative person in a gentle way--What don't you understand about that I am not only allergic byt severly allergic to corn? AND this past week she brought in the dishes, reheated,... and I ended up in the ER 3 times. Two from her and once from Walmart's popcorn trying to get my epipens renewed. It appears this is intentional. I never had any conflict until the accident and this popcorn/corn issue. AND the allergist says with every incident it will become progressively worse. Not so good for my health. I have a psychiatrist for medications and he wrote a letter that I will not return to that school due to medical reasons. I am the most senior and the most costly. She wants me out no matter how good or bad that I am and no matter how vindictive or Bullying she can be. Question--She doesn't know it yet but essentially I do no have a job for next school year. What are some legal optioins? I usually want the smooth route but I need a job just not in that buildinig with that type of tension.Lastly, she doesn't know but over the past few years I have needed to spend time a locked facility for depression and medication change. It almost felt like a vacation because I didn't havve her haunting me. This has been going on for 5 years. How might ADA figure into this? Thanks for your help ahead of time. Pat
State/Country relating to question: Kentucky
mEETING WITH HER BOSS
DISCUSSING WITH THE PRINCIPAL AND SHE DENIED SHE HAD NOT POSTED PREVENTATIVE SIGNS BUT THE SIGNS WERE OUT OF SIGHT. A SIMPLE ACCOMMODATION- SIGNS JUST LIKE PEANUT ALLERGIES BUT SHE REFUSED AND ONLY POSTED WHEN BOSS TOLD HER.
Hello, my name is XXXX, XXX l will try to answer your question.The Americans with Disabilities Act protects you from an adverse employment decision based on your allergies, provided you have requested a 'reasonable accommodation.'In my opinion, prohibiting others from bringing into the workplace allergens, is a reasonable accommodation.?My first question, how well is your documentation? Did you request in writing the signs?
My second question is, are you currently out of the school, per your psychiatrist's letter?
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