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Former assistant principal sues Pasco school district



A former Pasco County schools assistant principal is claiming the district discriminated against her because she was pregnant.

Buffey Simon, who filed a similar complaint with the federal government three years ago, sued the district late last month reasserting her accusation. In her filing, lawyers alleged that Hudson Middle School then-principal Terry Holback began treating Simon differently after learning she was interested in having a second child.

Simon received disciplinary write-ups after inquiring about connecting her work schedule with her child's daycare, the complaint states. Simon informed her supervisors she was pregnant in March 2012, and learned she would not be renewed in her post two months later, it states.

Simon filed an EEOC complaint in May and a retaliation charge in July, after she was involuntarily demoted, it continues. During the 2012 superintendent election season, Simon also alleged she was pressured to back then-incumbent Heather Fiorentino.

Since then she has not been able to re-enter the district administrative pool, the document alleges, and has been passed over for lateral transfers from her current job in the district office of student support programs.

She is seeking lost back pay and benefits, as well as damages. 

In the past, district officials have said Simon's performance was lacking leading to her demotion. They would not comment on pending litigation.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 1:10pm]


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