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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:46 am

A former Belgrade school bus driver has filed suit against the Belgrade School District, alleging discrimination after she was fired last year following a medical leave of absence.

According to the May 12 suit filed in Gallatin County District Court, Linda Little said she was fired in January 2009 after a surgical procedure made necessary by an on-the-job injury caused by a 2007 "equipment failure."

Little said she lost sensation in her left hand and underwent surgery in November 2007, after which she developed "a rare complication" that required her to be out of work up to two years, according to the complaint.

Both the state Department of Labor and Industry Human Rights Bureau and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found no "reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred," according to court documents. The agencies issued a "right to sue letter" giving Little 90 days to pursue her claim in court

Belgrade Schools Superintendent Herb Benz declined to comment on the case because litigation is pending, he said. The district has not yet filed a response to the suit, according to court records.

In addition to the district, Little also named the district's transportation director, Robert Evans, in the complaint.

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  • lmlittle posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, Aug 9, 2010.

    lmlittle Posts: 1

    Mr. Tucker,
    I do not usually read the Belgrade News but I ran accross the article you wrote about me online. It is obvious that you did not have all the facts and I don't know why you tou even bothered writing the article. It certainly was not news worthy or informative. You contacted Herb Benz who declined to comment. If you wanted comments why didn't you contact me? I could have provided you with information and documentation. Any good journalist following a story would search for the truth but you write for the Belgrade News so I will assume that you are not much of a journalist. It also seems safe to assume that you don't know much about discrimination and disability law. I am a member of a protected class and my information should be kept confidental. Furthermore, the investigator from the Human Rights Bureau did not find "reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred" because of a lack of cooperation. The investigator met with me in Bozeman to discuss next steps. When we met the Human Rights investigator told me to file a wrongful termination suit and put me in contact with the Montana Legal Association. If you want to write a story correct the first one and in the future don't print my name without my consent.
    Linda Little


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