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Brizard Targeted in Rochester Lawsuits




    Rahm Emanuel's choice to head up Chicago's schools may be coming to the Windy City, but there are a couple of lawsuits that will follow him.

    Jean-Claude Brizard was targeted in at least two federal suits, including one alleging discrimination, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

    A high-level administrator who Brizard fired last year accused Brizard of making derogatory comments about age.

    Brizard was also said to have a bias against hiring "strong black women" and creating hostile working conditions, a July 2010 lawsuit alleged.

    Brizard and the Rochester City School District have disputed the allegations, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined there was enough evidence to file a lawsuit.

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has criticized Rahm Emanuel for not taking the lawsuits against Brizard more seriously.