FAIRFIELD — She had seven minutes to clean each classroom, a broken vacuum cleaner and the message that she was “just not moving fast enough,” contends a former custodian suing the Travis School District.
Rachel Martinez, 66, in her wrongful termination lawsuit said job stress forced her into early retirement from the school district, where she began working in 1998. Her employment ended in 2011.
An Oct. 29 case management conference is scheduled in Solano County Superior Court for the suit filed earlier this year.
Chris Hulett, director of human resources for the Travis district, said the school district cannot comment on a personnel matter or a lawsuit naming the district. The attorney for the school district could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Martinez had to clean 22 different rooms and areas at Cambridge Elementary School, she said. Martinez said she was told not enough money was available to fix the broken vacuum cleaner at the school.
Her job workload with the school district had grown much more intense without properly working tools, she said. Martinez was criticized because she missed Goldfish crackers on the carpet and so much soap on the floor of a boys bathroom that it would have to be hosed down, according to the suit.
Martinez worked at Cambridge and Foxboro elementary schools. School officials didn’t tell her in June 2011 that a snake kept by one of the teachers was on the loose in the area she was cleaning, according to the suit. Martinez said officials felt she would be scared, the suit adds.
She worked at Vanden High School during her first 10 years with the school district.
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