Custodian settles suit against Travis School District

By From page A4 | July 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The lawsuit filed by a former Travis School District custodian who said she had a broken vacuum cleaner, seven minutes to clean each classroom and the message that she was “just not moving fast enough” has been settled, her attorney said Thursday.

“We’re waiting for the check,” attorney Carl Schetter said.

“It was fair to all sides,” he said of the settlement.

Schetter declined further comment.

Business and Operations personnel at the Travis School District referred a request for comment to Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak, who could not be reached Thursday.

Agreement was reached during a 3½-hour mediation that took place June 24, according to a court filing. An Aug. 14 dismissal hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled in Solano County Superior Court.

Rachel Martinez, 66, in her wrongful termination lawsuit had said job stress forced her into early retirement from the school district, where she began working in 1998. Her employment ended in 2011.

She had to clean 22 different rooms and areas at Cambridge Elementary School, according to the suit. Martinez said she was told not enough money was available to fix the broken vacuum cleaner at the school, the suit added.

Her job workload with the school district had grown much more intense without properly working tools, Martinez stated. She 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 added.

She worked at Vanden High School during her first 10 years with the school district.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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