The AJC is not naming the driver because of the nature of the allegations. The supervisor is not being identified because no charges were filed.
Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford said the supervisor is no longer employed by the school district, but Alford didn’t have information about the settlement.
“There’s an expectation that all of our employees uphold the highest ethical standards,” Alford said. “Anybody who is engaged in any type of unethical behavior, that’s unacceptable.”
The lawsuit also claimed that the supervisor repeatedly commented about the driver’s body and touched her inappropriately. On one occasion, the lawsuit said, the supervisor asked a receptionist to tell the driver to call him while she was driving her afternoon bus route. When she pulled the bus over to make the call, he asked her to go with him to a hotel, the lawsuit said.
The supervisor told the driver she wasn’t like other girls, the suit said. “You are right, I am not like the other girls because I don’t sleep with my supervisor,” her lawsuit said she responded.
The Atlanta school system said the driver was fired because she falsified documents by signing in a co-worker who hadn’t yet arrived to work, according to court documents.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. in January granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the driver’s employment claim, but he allowed a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim to stand.