Court rules against ex-teacher with a phobia of young kids

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a former Ohio teacher who sued school administrators for discriminating against her because she has a phobia of young children.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision dismissing 63-year-old Maria Waltherr-Willard’s breach-of-contract claim against Mariemont City Schools in suburban Cincinnati.

The lower court ruled in favor of the district on her other claims, including age and disability discrimination.

The trouble began when the district transferred her from its high school to a middle school in 2009.

The foreign-languages teacher says the younger students triggered her phobia. She says that raised her blood pressure and forced her to retire.

Waltherr-Willard’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.


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