March 13, 2013 Articles

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrator's Decision on Employee Reinstatement

By Mitchell Marinello

On February 22, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed an appellate court decision and approved an arbitration award that reinstated a discharged employee. Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School District No. 4 v. The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, et al. (Docket Nos. 113721, 113723 cons.)

Hires, who had been a school district (the District) employee for eleven years, worked in the elementary school library, helped at recess, and taught keyboarding classes. She experienced marital problems that seemed to affect her demeanor. Her discharge was based on three notes in her personnel file recording that the school principal had told her to be nicer to students and to improve her attitude.

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