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The New York State Supreme Court building in New York City.


Retaliation Lawsuit Over Former Transportation Director Returns to Court


New York state student transporter seeks restitution, plus the U.S. Supreme Court clarifies age discrimination of employees


WRITTEN BY AMANDA PAMPURO T 24 School Transportation News • JANUARY 2019


he lawsuit between Yonkers City School District and its former transportation director is heading down a long and bumpy road. In November, the school district appealed a New York State Supreme Court order to reinstate former transportation director Shelley


O’Riley, who claimed she was wrongfully fired in October 2017. Yonkers, a city with a population of 202,000, is located on the Hudson


River in Westchester County, New York, just north of New York City. Te school district serves 26,262 students in 39 K-12 schools and transports an average of 12,800 students daily on yellow school buses. Te district contracts 165 standard buses and 270 vans from three different venders. Court records don’t reveal what was going through Shelley O’Riley’s mind in 2015 when she took the temporary job of transportation director in Yonkers


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