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Teacher sues, gets $75k settlement after passing out drunk on a school field trip

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City leaders in Janesville, WI are awarding a $75,000 settlement to a former teacher who was taken to the hospital and found drunk on a 2013 school field trip.

Former teacher Maria Caya filed a lawsuit after the Janesville Police improperly released information concerning her blood test results, citing that the act was a breach of her private medical information.

Meeting Monday night, the City Council voted to settle the $5.5 million dollar lawsuit on the suggestion of the city attorney.

Caya was found passed out in the bathroom of a bowling alley while conducting a field trip in June of 2013. Police took a blood sample to see if she was under the influence.

Police Chief David Moore Monday remarked that he was advised by city legal staff not to comment on the pending case.

Meanwhile, City Attorney Wald Klimczyk released a memo saying that the matter is being handled out of court to avoid the city’s liability coming into play.

“If the City does not approve this proposed settlement that is recommended by our insurance carriers, then the City would be liable for all damages that the Court or jury could eventually award to the Plaintiff. Conclusions The City Administration, City Attorney, the City’s outside legal counsel, and the City’s insurance companies CVMIC and RSUI recommend approval of the proposed settlement,” Klimczyk said in a statement.

Not everyone was in favor of the motion, however. Jens Jorgensen, who was the sole “nay” vote on the decision, told other members that people in the community say they want this issue handled in court.

“I think there’s a lot of things that happened that day and I would think that a judge and a jury of [Caya’s] peers would be able to see through all that and make the correct decision on that and that’s why I’m voting no,” Jorgensen says.

According to WKOW, Caya resigned from the school system mere weeks after the incident, receiving 18,000 in severance. Her attorney declined to comment on the matter.

 

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