Former School Nurse Gets $2 Million Settlement


A former New Brunswick school nurse has accepted $2 million in settlement of employment discrimination claims against the New Brunswick Board of Education. The plaintiff, Rosa Martinez, left a higher paying nursing job in 2002 to go to work for the school district, and worked at the Roosevelt Elementary School from 2002 until 2007, and Livingston Elementary from 2007 to 2012.

In 2009, Martinez asked her employer to accommodate a vision disability she had, known as convergence insufficiency. The condition caused her to experience double vision with close objects. The condition negatively affected her ability to work on a computer, a skill that was increasingly in demand in her job. She asked for additional time to enter student medical information onto the school’s computer, but the school did not respond to her. She continued asking for the accommodation, both verbally and in writing, and brought in doctor’s notes to support her request. This went on for two years. At one point, she asked for a period of time to put eye drops in daily and school officials responded by putting a window on her door, so that they could watch her.

After the 2012-2013 school year, when the school board refused to accommodate her, she voluntarily resigned, then filed her lawsuit. The trial began on September 12, but the parties settled before the matter went to the jury.

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