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Shelton Teacher Sues District Over Nepotism Rule, Transfer To Middle School

Katelyn “Bots” Botsford Tucker
Katelyn “Bots” Botsford Tucker Photo Credit: Fairfield University

SHELTON, Conn. -- A popular Shelton teacher forced to switch schools after she married a math teacher who worked at the same building is suing the district over its nepotism rule, according to the Connecticut Post.

Katelyn “Bots” Botsford Tucker, a former history teacher at Shelton High School who now teaches at Shelton Intermediate School, says the district’s nepotism policy discriminated against her after her marriage and against her gender, added the Post.

Botsford Tucker said she wants her old position back and wants to be paid the money lost when her reassignment forced her from curriculum committee work and for the money it cost her to drive to track meets, when she was the head coach of the girl's cross-country team, the Connecticut Post added.

The teacher's husband, Hugh Tucker, offered to be transferred, but she says she was transferred because another male teacher wanted her position, the Post reported.

The teacher's attorney, Gary Phelan, called the case potentially precedent-setting because it employs the state’s rarely used marital status discrimination statute, the Post said.

The Shelton school board had no comment on the pending litigation, the Post said.

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