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EISD, former drill team instructor settle lawsuit

Ennis Independent School District and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz have settled a discrimination lawsuit.

Ortiz told The Ennis Daily News Tuesday that she and EISD came to terms for the settlement Monday and that the details in the settlement will soon be made available to the public. She couldn’t give a timeframe as to when those details will be released.

Ortiz took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, expressing a bittersweet attitude in relation to the settlement that was reached with the district in mediation.

“It is with mixed emotions that I officially announce now that I will no longer be serving (as) the Ennis HS Lionettes drill team instructor,” Ortiz said in part of her Facebook post. “The past year has been an extremely difficult one with lots of obstacles, and has finally come to an end.”

The former drill team instructor was employed by Ennis ISD from 2010 until Oct. 1, 2015, alleging in court documents that she was told to “stop working and go home.”

Ortiz suffered an ACL injury that required surgery in June 2015. She and her lawyer accused the school district of discrimination, saying EISD accommodated her restrictions from standing, squatting or bending until she was told to go home.

Ortiz also alleged in the documents that she worked a total of 1,403.95 hours of overtime between 2013 and 2015, amounting to $36,731.24 in unpaid overtime.

Ennis ISD Superintendent John Chapman wrote a letter and posted it to the Ennis ISD Facebook page thanking Ortiz for her six years as drill instructor and commending her for “an outstanding job.”

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Ortiz accused the school district of failing to pay her more than $30,000 in overtime work as well as discriminating against her due to disability.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s edition of the EDN.

Justin Tubbs

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