Putnam School Board Resolves Leave Lawsuit

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The Putnam County Board of Education has resolved allegations that it violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

The U.S. Department of Justice made the allegations in a lawsuit filed against the school board over its termination of an employee. The lawsuit alleged that the board retaliated against the former maintenance electrician because he requested time off to care for an ill parent.

The department said Monday that a consent judgment approved by the U.S. District Court requires the school board to pay the former worker $50,000 in back wages.

The board also will train managers and supervisors on the law's rules and requirements. This is one of several measures that will be implemented to prevent future violations.