MARIEMONT, Ohio -- A longtime high-school French and Spanish teacher is suing the Mariemont school district, alleging it discriminated against her because she has a disability -- she has a phobia of young children.
Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, says the district in which she worked for 35 years discriminated against her when it reassigned her in 2010 from its high school to its junior high and then pressured her to resign.
The suit claims the discrimination is based on her age and her disability, a rare phobia called pedophobia, which in this context means an extreme fear or anxiety around young children. Waltherr-Willard's lawsuit claims she has suffered from the condition since the 1990s and that Mariemont had made assurances to her and her lawyer that she would not have to teach young children. Read more at USA Today