A summary judgment issued Monday threw out a few of the contract issues related to claims of discrimination by former teachers against Ronald Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City.
Lawsuits filed by former teachers in 2011, which have since been combined into one, claim age and national origin discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of contract and good faith, failure to pay overtime and wages and a violation of the Unfair Competition Law. On Monday, Judge V. Raymond Swope ruled against the former employees on six counts related to contracts being breached.
In short, Swope found that there is no breach of contract when it expires under its own terms.
There are still multiple claims left to be settled regarding discrimination. The two sides are expected to meet for a case management conference Feb. 20.
Both women, Marit Shmargad, who filed a lawsuit in July 2011, and Rina Shapira, who filed suit in October 2011, expressed being happy with their employment and employer until September 2009 when Head of School Barbara Gereboff was hired. The process used to find and appoint Gereboff, along with her reasons for leaving her former employer, are questioned in the lawsuit. Much of the arguments claim the firings were based on age and ties to Israel.
Shmargad started work for the school in 1985 and was most recently in a role as assistant director/principal and in charge of Judaic studies. Both women were not able to continue with the school as of the 2011-12 school year.