Thursday, October 27, 2016

Teacher found passed out drunk on school field trip wins $75,000 settlement

Teacher found passed out drunk on school field trip wins $75,000 settlement |
JANESVILLE, Wis. – A Wisconsin teacher who was found passed out drunk in a bowling alley during a school field trip will receive $75,000 in a settlement with the city of Janesville.
Washington Elementary School teacher Maria Caya was chaperoning an end of the year field trip for fourth and fifth grade students to River’s Edge Bowling Alley in Janesville in June 2013 when police said she vomited in the bathroom and was found passed out, according to WKOW.
Caya was taken to a Janesville hospital where a blood alcohol test registered .27, or more than three times the legal limit to drive. 

Caya allegedly told a hospital employee she began drinking at 6 a.m., and a WKOW analysis found she would have had to consume about 11 alcoholic beverages by the time she was tested around noon. The hospital employee was concerned because Caya was responsible for supervising students, and contacted police.
District officials alleged Caya did not compromise student safety because she was one of eight teachers on the trip. 
A few weeks after the incident, Caya resigned and received more than $18,000 in a payout from the district. 
...On Monday, the Janesville City Council voted to offer Caya a $75,000 settlement to avoid the cost of litigating the case, WIFR reports.
“If the city does not approve this proposed settlement that is recommended by our insurance carriers, then the city would be liable for all damages that the court or jury could eventually award the plaintiff,” city attorney Wald Klimczyk wrote in a memo cited by WKOW.
According to the Gazette:
Janesville’s insurance carriers recommended settling the claim using the city’s tort liability insurance fund. Janesville has a $100,000 self-insured retainage, and the insurance carriers will pay the balance of any settlement amount, according to a city memo..."

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