8th Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Suit against Riverview School

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former teacher's aide who said the Riverview School District treated her unfairly because of her race and physical condition.

Linda M. White had sued the district, alleging she was discriminated against because she was black and because she had physical limitations in doing her work. White had initially served as a teacher's aide to a wheelchair-bound student, but began doing lunchroom and custodial work after the student got a motorized wheelchair.

White told school officials that she couldn't do her duties in the lunchroom because of the heat in the kitchen and because of the lifting and stooping required. She also said her new job aggravated her pre-existing medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, anemia, arthritis and back problems.

White eventually resigned ``due to medical reasons,'' according to a letter she submitted.

But yesterday, the Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the case's dismissal, saying that White did not provide proof of discrimination based on either race or disabilities.

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