Former Visalia Unified School District employee files constructive discharge suit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 20, 2018

FRESNO – A Fresno County man alleges that he was forced to resign from his position with a school district.

Kelly Chambers filed a complaint on May 18 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Visalia Unified School District and Does 1 through 50 alleging constructive discharge and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began his employment as an administrative services supervisor for the defendant's custodial department in July 2015. He alleges in May 2017, he met with the defendant's human resources director to report an employee's "potential illegal drug activity," expressing fear for employee and student safety. He alleges he resigned in October 2017 after he was placed on involuntary leave in August 2017 "pending an investigation into personnel matters directly involving" him, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds Visalia Unified School District responsible because the defendant allegedly breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by placing him on administrative leave for an indefinite amount of time and refusing on act on the potentially unsafe conditions he reported.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks award of compensatory damages of more than $25,000, punitive damages, costs incurred, and such other and further legal and equitable relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Lenden F. Webb and Christopher E. Nichols of Webb Law Group APC in Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 18CECG01771

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