Brooklyn teacher wins $450,000 sex-harass settlement

September 21, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NEW YORK (AP) — A high school teacher has won a $450,000 settlement from New York City in a lawsuit that claimed she was repeatedly sexually harassed by students.

Theresa Reel filed the lawsuit in 2009. She was a teacher at Brooklyn’s School for Legal Studies.

The lawsuit said she regularly endured lewd, vulgar and offensive remarks and sometimes faced threats and assaults.

It said when Reel complained, the principal implied she was making up the allegations or provoking the harassment.

Her lawyer told the Daily News that Reel settled with the city so she could move on with her life.

The city agreed to pay $450,000 and to remove the poor ratings from Reel’s record if she resigned.

City officials said the settlement was in the city’s best interests.

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