Post-Katrina Resentment Revived By Court’s Ruling
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court's dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina has stirred renewed resentment among some who lost their jobs.
Fired employees say they were treated badly after losing homes and belongings.
The firings came after levee failures led to inundation of the city in 2005. State and local school authorities say the firings couldn't be avoided after the resulting shutdown of schools and reduction of the city's population.
Attorneys for the fired employees, who plan a U.S. Supreme Court appeal, say federal money was available to help those who were fired. They also maintain that the workers' due process rights were violated.