BOE settles in discrimination lawsuit

Published 1:04 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Chilton County Board of Education has reached a settlement in a case where former employee Allison Smith was suing the board and former Superintendent Tommy Glasscock for multiple reasons.

Issues named in the case had included sex discrimination, invasion of privacy and sexual harassment by Glasscock, negligence in training, retaliation and violating the fair and equal pay laws.

Attorney Sonya Edwards of Edwards Law, LLC in Birmingham, who is representing Smith, said the case against Glasscock is ongoing.

“Ms. Smith is pleased to have reached an agreement to resolve her claims against the Chilton County Board of Education,” Edwards said. “As part of the agreement, Ms. Smith will resume employment with the CCBOE as Personnel Director. Ms. Smith’s legal action against Tommy Glasscock continues. The seriousness of her claims against Mr. Glasscock as set forth in her Complaint filed last year speaks for itself.”

A message left for Glasscock’s attorney Mark Boardman of Boardman, Carr and Petelos Law Firm in Chelsea was not returned by the morning of Sept. 20.

Glasscock left the position of school superintendent after losing the last election and being named assistant state superintendent of education for career and technical education.

Board members named in the suit were Lori Patterson, Linda Hand, Joe Mims, Keith Moore, Pam Price, James Shannon and Curtis Smith.

Hand, Mims, Curtis Smith and Shannon no longer serve on the board, having chosen not to run for re-election.

The current board voted to settle on the lawsuit after an executive session on Sept. 17.

A charge of discrimination had initially been filed on Aug. 15, 2017. The charge outlined how Smith was asked to take on more job responsibilities without additional compensation and inappropriate comments by Glasscock of a sexual nature.

The case has been in the discovery phase, which was expected to be completed no later than this month.