Illinois high court rules against teacher in sick leave case

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a teacher in Wood Dale School District 7 was not entitled to all her paid sick leave because she gave birth just before summer break.

The court’s decision Thursday said the time of birth gave Margaret Dynak ample time to recover before she returned to work.

The ruling, which establishes precedent for most Illinois school districts, held the Wood Dale school district doesn’t have to let teachers carry over benefits to the new school year for births that occurred during or right before summer break.

The court said teachers can take unpaid time off through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

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