My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New Jersey
Hi, hope I'm posting this in the right place. A teacher friend of mine who had worked at a school for a long time and has an excellent achievement record there, just received her employment offer for the 2014-2015 school year, and she is to be cut from full-time to part-time if she accepts, 3 classes a week plus any extracurricular stipends, no benefits. She was also told by the principal, just finishing his first year at the school, that if there is any campaign on her behalf to be restored to full-time, and they find out she's behind it, her offer for the fall will be rescinded. (She's a popular teacher there, so such a campaign wouldn't be out of the question, but I have a feeling the school would just say she was behind it whether it was true or not.) There are other teachers in other subjects at the same school who are also being cut to part-time, but I do not know if they received the same threat. This is a Catholic school, so it's a non-union job and there is no tenure, contracts are re-evaluated every year. Is there a whistleblower case here worth pursuing?
On a related note, she was told earlier in the year that if attendance didn't increase in her classes for the upcoming fall that she would be cut to part-time. When she was told this, though, it was already long past the registration deadline for fall classes. There has also been a history recently of the Guidance Department sabotaging (for lack of a better word) her classes by telling students who wanted to register for her classes that they didn't want to take them, and either eagerly accepting transfers out of those classes well after the transfer deadline or just transferring the students themselves and not informing the teacher, while rejecting almost any request to transfer into the same classes even one or two days after the deadline. So it seems like the school had long-term plans going back to at least the beginning of this school year to set her up to fail. Is there cause for action here as well? In either situation, does the subject being taught matter at all?
Thanks in advance.