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.