08/15/2014 3:00 PM
Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

A federal judge has ruled that the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District must pay reinstated teacher Anthony Claudio $20,000 more in salary — raising his earnings to where they would be if the district has not fired him in 2009.  (more…)

09/23/2013 11:27 AM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Anthony Claudio, right, and attorney Frank Blangiardo enter the federal courthouse in Central Islip last October.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Anthony Claudio, right, and attorney Frank Blangiardo enter the federal courthouse in Central Islip last October.

The attorney for Mattituck-Cutchogue School District teacher Anthony Claudio has asked a federal judge to award his client tenure, an increase in seniority and salary, and more than $200,000 in legal fees from the district.

Last October, an eight-member jury awarded Mr. Claudio $70,000 in back pay at the conclusion of a trial in which it found the district liable of age discrimination(more…)

08/17/2013 8:00 AM
Former special education teacher Anthony Claudio in the 2009 Mattituck High School yearbook, his final school year with the district.

FILE PHOTO | Anthony Claudio in the 2009 Mattituck High School yearbook, the last school year he worked in the district. The school board appointed him Thursday as a probationary elementary school teacher.

The Mattituck-Cutchogue school board appointed Anthony Claudio as a probationary elementary teacher following an executive session Thursday night.

Superintendent James McKenna said Friday the school board voted 6-0 to approve the appointment, which goes into effect Sept. 1. School board member Sara Hassildine was absent from the vote.  (more…)

07/24/2013 3:40 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio leaving court during the trial last fall.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio leaving court during the trial last fall.

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District’s post-trial motion to overturn the jury’s verdict in the Anthony Claudio civil discrimination case and order a new trial request.  (more…)

02/15/13 7:10pm
02/15/2013 7:10 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio leaving court during the trial last fall.

The federal judge overseeing former Mattituck-Cutchogue special education teacher Anthony Claudio’s discrimination suit against the school district admonished Mr. Claudio’s attorney in court Friday for his conduct during the trial, which ended in October when a jury awarded Mr. Claudio $70,000 in back pay.  (more…)

02/15/13 9:00am
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Anthony Claudio enters the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Anthony Claudio enters the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October.

Former special education teacher Anthony Claudio and the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District will return to federal court today (Friday,) with the district seeking to overturn the Oct. 22 jury verdict in Mr. Claudio’s suit against the district, which fired him in 2009, and Mr. Claudio asking the court to order his reinstatement.  (more…)

11/21/2012 12:48 PM

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | English teacher Tom Brennan praised Superintendent James McKenna as a group of teachers looked on in support at last Thursday’s school board meeting.

Mattituck-Cutchogue teachers turned out in force last week to support Superintendent Jim McKenna after the district was recently found liable for age discrimination in the 2009 firing of special education teacher Anthony Claudio.  (more…)

10/24/12 2:05pm
10/24/2012 2:05 PM

BETH YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Mattituck-Cutchogue superintendent James McKenna.

A jury  this week found the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District discriminated against Anthony Claudio due to his age but not his gender when it fired the special education teacher in 2009.

The eight-member jury awarded Mr. Claudio $70,000 in back pay Monday. He was not awarded liquidated damages or damages for emotional distress.