Memphis Teacher Wins Improper Termination Case Against School Board

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(Nashville, TN) A tenured Memphis City Schools teacher, who was fired by the school board April 2007, will get her old job back and back pay.

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals decision and reinstated the trial court’s judgment awarded Saundra Thompson reinstatement, back pay, damages and legal fees of $325,419.

Thompson took extended sick time but the school board never issued any written charges or gave her a termination hearing.

The Court noted that by dismissing Thompson without providing her with written charges or an opportunity for a hearing, the board of education violated her rights under the Tennessee Teacher Tenure Act and her constitutional right to due process of law.