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Suit: CPS teacher bullied, fired by principal after complaint over class size

Updated: September 7, 2012 1:24PM

A former Chicago Public School teacher says she was fired after complaining to her principal about her class size.

The teacher, Lori Steinberg, says in a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday that she was bullied and physically assaulted by the principal after saying her class size violated union rules.

The suit names Brennemann Elementary School Principal Sarah Abedelal and the CPS as defendants. Abedelal allegedly told Steinberg that she wouldn’t tell the union if she knew what was good for her, the suit claims.

After the complaint to the union, the suit claims Abedelal repeatedly yelled at Steinberg and allegedly struck Steinberg on the back of her hand during a meeting.

The suit also says that on Sept. 22, 2010, Abedelal called Steinberg to her office and told her that she had received a letter from a parent that accused Steinberg of using methamphetamines. When Steinberg asked to see a copy of the letter, Abedelal refused to share it with her, the suit says.

On Oct. 22, 2010, Steinberg received a job offer from another elementary school, but Abedelal refused to approve the transfer.

In another meeting in late October, Abedelal told Steinberg that she was being declared an unsatisfactory teacher. Abedelal allegedly said she would reconsider the rating if Steinberg would stop calling the union.

Steinberg was fired on Jan. 26, 2011. A do-not-hire note was also placed in her file, the suit caim.

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