Judge orders fired LI teacher rehired

Judge orders fired LI teacher rehired

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NORTH FORK, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Long Island high school teacher fired four years ago must be rehired because of age discrimination.

Newsday reports that the decision clears the way for Anthony Claudio to return to the Mattituck-Cutchogue school district.

A federal jury in October awarded the 51-year-old special education teacher $70,000 in back pay after finding that the district engaged in age discrimination.

The jury rejected Claudio's claim of gender bias.

In July, a judge denied the district's appeal of the verdict. He ordered the reinstatement earlier this month.

The district declined to comment because it hadn't seen the judge's written ruling.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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