Former cafeteria worker sues Montgomery school system -- Gazette.Net


A former cafeteria worker is suing Montgomery County Public Schools, claiming emotional distress from unfair treatment and evaluations, and her resulting retirement.

In her suit, Judy Ayoub of Silver Spring is representing herself and she hasn’t placed a value on damages.

“I don’t know what the case could be worth, and I never intended on anything like this in the beginning,” Ayoub said. “I just wanted to get what was going on straight.”

Dana Tofig, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said the school system does not comment on pending litigation.

“We’ll respond at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner,” Tofig said.

From 2006 to 2010, Ayoub was a cafeteria worker at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. In 2009, she said she reported her supervisor, whom she claims inappropriately touched another employee.

Ayoub left Paint Branch High School after a car accident in August 2010 left her unable to work for eight months. Upon returning to work, she was reassigned to Clarksburg High School.

There, she claimed her new supervisor inaccurately described her job performance. She says the supervisor failed her in a months-long evaluation shortly before her termination.

Ayoub said she the thinks the treatment she received was related to the fact she had reported her supervisor at Paint Branch.

In a letter dated Oct. 5, 2012, Larry Bowers, the school system’s chief operating officer, notified Ayoub of her dismissal, citing her “unsatisfactory job performance.”

The school system later accepted Ayoub’s request to retire rather than be terminated.

In an account she submitted to Montgomery County Circuit Court, Ayoub said she sought medical help for “mental anguish and panic attacks” resulting from her treatment at the high school.

She filed at least two charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the first based on her age and the second for retaliation for filing the first claim.

A school system lawyer replied to the retaliation charge in February, saying she had been evaluated and let go because of her “lack of understanding of her job duties” and her “failure to complete tasks in a timely manner” among other concerns.

A Circuit Court scheduling hearing has been set for July 12.