Seven years after Los Angeles school officials fired a special education teacher for sexual harassment, a judge has approved the firing of Matthew Kim, reports the LA Times. Kim “was accused of touching co-workers’ breasts and making improper advances toward students.”
All told, the Los Angeles Unified School District has spent nearly $2 million, including Kim’s pay and benefits while he was barred from the classroom.
Known as a “housed” employee, he and about 160 others reported every day to administrative offices, where they were assigned no work.
The state Commission on Professional Competence “agreed that some of Kim’s actions could have been considered sexual harassment but ruled that he should not be fired.” The district won the case on appeal.