Ex-Stagg cheerleading coach’s sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge claims ruled unsubstantiated

A former Stagg High School cheerleading coach’s claim that Consolidated High School District 230 fired her for reporting sexual harassment by a supervisor lacked substantial evidence, an investigation by the Illinois Department of Human Rights found.

The agency, which investigates claims of discrimination and sexual harassment, found “no evidence” the district suspended and later terminated Bridget Guzior because of her gender or because she reported alleged sexual harassment. It also found “insufficient evidence” to show that athletic director Terry Treasure, Guzior’s immediate supervisor, sexually harassed her, as the coach had claimed.

In response to the recent findings, a District 230 spokeswoman said they were “consistent with the Board’s policies and procedures, which focus on following and respecting all governing laws.”

Guzior’s attorney did not return multiple requests for comment on the investigation’s findings and it’s unclear whether she will request a review of her case.

She can request a review of the findings with the Human Rights Commission; ask the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to perform a “substantial weight review” of her claims; or file a lawsuit, the IDHR attorney said.

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