Times Herald Record
December 14, 2007

Fired Liberty librarian files federal lawsuit

By Michael Lumsden
Times Herald-Record

Liberty - Longtime Liberty middle school librarian Angela Page has filed a federal suit against the Liberty Central School District, alleging disability discrimination. She is seeking $2 million in damages, plus legal fees.

The lawsuit comes two days after the district's board of education voted to fire Page for not coming to work at the middle school since June 2004. Page developed multiple chemical sensitivity from the toxic gases released by mold in the middle school library, where she worked for more than a decade.

Since 2004, Page has suggested alternative positions and responsibilities that she could perform for the district. A state arbitrator ruled last month that the school district is "under to legal obligation to create a position or 'assignment'" for Page.