Weitzman v. Maywood, Melrose Park, Broadview Sch. Dist. 89, No. 13 C 1228, 2014 WL 4269074 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 29, 2014)

Key Insight: Court granted plaintiff?s motion for an adverse inference instruction where school district destroyed clearly relevant recordings of school board?s closed session meetings by failing to suspend its usual document destruction policies after having notice of its duty to preserve, and where plaintiff suffered substantial prejudice as a result because she was deprived of perhaps the best evidence concerning school district?s real reasons for her termination; court further denied school district?s pending motion for summary judgment since, in light of the adverse inference against the school district, the material facts as to the district?s reasons for terminating plaintiff were, at a minimum, disputed, and in fact appeared to support plaintiff?s claim of discrimination

Nature of Case: Age Discrimination in Employment Act claim

Electronic Data Involved: Tape recordings of school board’s closed session meetings during which board members discussed the decision not to renew contracts of plaintiff and others

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