Lawsuit: Capped teacher raises violated law

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – A federal organization is suing Urbana’s school district over possible age discrimination where salaries are involved. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims Urbana School District No. 16 violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which says it’s illegal to discriminate against people who are 40 or older. That law includes compensation when it comes to pay.

The EEOC says the district broke the law when it capped salary raises for teachers within 10 years of retirement eligibility at six percent. In years where a teacher earns a salary raise higher than six percent, districts outside of Chicago have to cover the pension cost increase that comes from the raise in contributions to the Teacher’s Retirement System. The lawsuit claims District No. 116 tried to avoid making those payments.

The lawsuit says Charles Koplinski, along with under Urbana district teachers over 45, had their raises limited after District No. 116 added a provision to a collective bargaining agreement with the teacher’s union.

EEOC leaders filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The organization wants lost wages and lost pension benefits to be paid for if it wins in court. It also wants the bargaining agreement provision removed or changed.

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