– A Massachusetts school employee files a complaint about a remote work request that she says led to a dismissal

BOSTON — A college counselor and social worker has filed a lawsuit with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleging she was unfairly fired after asking to work from home because she is pregnant and has other health issues. health.

Katherine Lockwood, whose second child is due in May, said The Boston Globe for a story Tuesday that by denying her request for remote work, Bourne’s superintendent violated federal and state laws that protect disabled and pregnant workers and require employers to honor reasonable requests for workplace accommodations.

Lockwood’s request included letters from doctors saying she had to work remotely this school year due to her health, but Bourne Public Schools Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou refused to honor the request and fired Lockwood in January, according to the complaint.

“I was fired because of part of my identity,” she said. “It’s a part of me that’s really important and precious. It made me a better person and a better professional and they say that part of me – that part of my identity – is worthless for firing me.

The complaint is under review, the Bourne Superintendent said in a statement.

“The district is aware of the complaint and is reviewing it with our legal counsel,” Quinlan-Zhou said. “As this is an ongoing legal case involving protected personal information, we cannot comment further at this time.”

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