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School district responds to 13th check lawsuit

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Three Monroe area attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board over the 13th check. The district is now responding to the suit.

Attorneys Eddie Clark, Ross Downs Jr., and Randolph Street filed a class action petition on Tuesday. The petition alleges, that for decades, administrators from Monroe City Schools gave teachers less money on their 13th checks than they were owed.

Attorney Eddie Clark says more than 100 teachers have joined the suit. Wednesday afternoon the Monroe City School District Interim Superintendent released a response saying the claims in the lawsuit are unfounded. The whole text of that statement is below.

For Immediate Release

Date: February 6,

MONROE, LA - The Monroe City School District has been informed of a lawsuit filed against it on February 5, 2013 in State District Court alleging that it has breached contractual obligations in its payment of compensation to present and past employees of the School District.

We disagree with the litany of unfounded allegations recited in the lawsuit. The allegations erroneously maintain that the School District has breached one or more contractual obligations owed to its employees regarding the payment of salary supplements funded by sales taxes. The legal conclusions that are set forth in the lawsuit are not well founded or supported by prevailing principals of law. The School District intends to vigorously defend against the claims asserted in this lawsuit. We are confident that the law, when applied, will fully exonerate the School District of liability and result in an outright dismissal of the claims asserted, which include requests for attorney fees, monetary damages and statutory penalties.

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