HARTFORD, Conn. (CN) – A second-grade teacher claims she was coerced into quitting after taking a sick day to compete in the “hottest wife, ugliest husband” contest on the “Howard Stern Show.”
In her federal complaint, Marie Jarry claims attorneys for the Connecticut Education Association warned her that Dr. Joseph Erardi, superintendent of the Southington school system, was planning on firing her for violating the morality clause of her teaching contract and using a sick day to appear on the irreverent radio show.
They threatened her with arrest and prosecution for allegedly defrauding the government and urged her to resign, she claims.
Jarry sued the Southington Education Association, Erardi and the Southington Board of Education, claiming they “intimidated and coerced” her to quit in lieu of firing.
She demands actual and punitive damages, back pay, reinstatement and legal costs. Jarry is represented by Jane Monahan.