A lawsuit filed by a Danville school employee against Superintendent Carmen Coleman and school board members has been moved to federal court.
Sharon Faul filed the complaint last month in Boyle Circuit Court alleging Coleman demoted her from director of the school district’s Family Resources and Youth Services Center because Faul challenged Coleman’s role in the hiring of another employee.
Faul’s demotion to instructional aid after the 2010-11 school year was retaliatory in nature and violates her due process rights under the Kentucky constitution and the state’s Whistleblower’s Act, the lawsuit contends.
Attorneys for Coleman and the school board, however, argued that the matter belongs in federal court because it raises questions about employee discrimination and civil rights. The case has been assigned to Judge Karl S. Forester in U.S. District Court in Lexington.