A teacher from Mariemont, Ohio, is suing her school district, claiming discrimination. What makes the case unique is that the teacher, Maria Waltherr-Williard, suffers from pedophobia, a crippling fear of young children. She claims her disability led to the discrimination.
We first saw the news over at the Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper reports that Waltherr-Willard began her career as a high-school teacher, a position she held for decades. She was reassigned to teach in a junior high in 2010, despite, she claims, being assured earlier in her career that she would not have to teach younger children.
According to the Enquirer, pedophobia can lead to shortness of breath, vomiting and feelings of terror when around young children. Waltherr-Willard claims that she was discriminated against based on her age (she's 61) and her disability.