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Court orders school to rehire custodian

July 29, 2009
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YONKERS, NY — The Yonkers Public School District was ordered by the New York State Supreme Court to pay about $100,000 in restitution and offer a position to a former custodian for discriminating against him when he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager, according to The Journal News.
Rene Acevedo was arrested twice in June 2002 on charges of stalking, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of a weapon and sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, the story stated.
According to the story, all of the charges were eventually dismissed, but the Yonkers Public School District, after moving Acevedo to a building where no children were present before laying him off, neglected to rehire Acevedo, prompting him to file a discrimination complaint in 2003.
Acevedo''s attorney, Paula Johnson Kelly, said: "The charges brought against him were brought by a female who was not a child at the time of the charges. Obviously, there was a lack of credibility."
Administrative Law Judge Lilliana Estrella-Castillo decided Acevedo should receive $10,000 in damages for humiliation and mental anguish, plus $107,984 in back pay, minus the unemployment compensation and income from lower-paying jobs he worked at during the litigation, the story noted.
The Yonkers Public School District has sent a letter to Acevedo about his opportunity for rehire, but they have yet to receive a reply, the story added.
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