EEOC investigating 2nd Clovis Unified discrimination complaint

The Fresno BeeAugust 2, 2013 

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating Clovis Unified School District for allegedly discriminating against a second teacher based on his age.

According to the charge filed Thursday, Red Bank Elementary School teacher Steve Tschappler was unfairly given poor evaluations and reassigned to the elementary level after seven years teaching high school. Tschappler claims he requested transfer to positions he's qualified to teach on several occasions but was denied.

In his complaint, Tschappler says he was treated "differently than much younger teachers." He said he complained to the district, but no action was taken.

Tschappler's age discrimination charge is the second to hit the district in the past week: on July 25, Jefferson Elementary School kindergarten teacher Carolyn Glenn, 65, filed a claim saying she was retaliated against by her boss because of her age.

The investigations of both Tschappler and Glenn's charges could include mediation, witness testimony or a visit to the employee's workplace. The EEOC could sue the district under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 if an agreement can't be reached.

Clovis Unified School District officials didn't return email or phone messages left Friday. District offices were closed Friday.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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