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Wisconsin Teacher Wins Appeal on Interference with Medical Leave

Aug. 16, 2022, 9:37 PM

A Wisconsin teacher who was placed in a “backwater” position upon returning from medical leave had her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act violated, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday.

Sarah Simon worked for Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5, a state governmental agency, as a lead teacher. In 2016, while working at an elementary school for children with special needs, Simon suffered a concussion after a student kicked a steel door into her head.

Simon took FMLA leave to recover, and was cleared to return to full-time work within a few months. When she returned, though, Cooperative didn’t place ...