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Chicago schools settle discrimination lawsuit
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Published: 5/29/2009 3:36 PM

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Officials with Chicago's public schools have agreed to settle a Justice Department lawsuit that accused them of discriminating against a teacher because she got pregnant.

The Justice Department says Traci Meziere lost her seniority as a Chicago teacher when she took her first pregnancy leave and was demoted when she took a second.

Under the settlement announced Friday, the schools will among other things distribute a fact sheet to teachers and others outlining the board's policy toward pregnancy leave and pay Meziere $15,000 in back pay and interest and $30,000 in compensatory damages.

The lawsuit isn't final until approved by U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras.