Former principal wins appeal in age bias case

TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) - A former high school principal in Lenawee County has another opportunity to pursue an age-discrimination lawsuit against Tecumseh Public Schools.

An appeals court last week overturned a decision that had dismissed Robert Scheick's lawsuit. The new ruling means he'll likely press his case at trial in Detroit federal court unless there's a settlement.

After six years, Scheick's contract wasn't renewed in 2010. He was 56 at the time. The superintendent said there were complaints about Scheick's performance and a plan to save money by having one person serve as superintendent and high school principal.

But Scheick says he was told that the Tecumseh school board wanted someone younger. The appeals court says Scheick met his burden to present that evidence at trial.

Published: Tue, Sep 09, 2014