A jury has found that the Clarkstown school district did not fire a teacher in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment.
Colleen Mansuetta had filed the lawsuit claiming that she was subjected to sexual harassment by her boss, Scott Cooper. According to Mansuetta, Cooper made inappropriate sexual comments to her and slapped her buttocks at an employee holiday party in December 2007.
Mansuetta had alleged that she complained to her union representative and to the school principal, but Cooper allegedly undermined her and interfered with her work.
The school district fired Mansuetta the following year. The district claims that it terminated Mansuetta because of poor performance and that her termination had nothing to do with her sexual harassment complaint.