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Brizard Targeted in Rochester Lawsuits



    Brizard Targeted in Rochester Lawsuits
    Jean-Claude Brizard, former Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District, was named the new Chicago Public Schools CEO.

    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.