The lawsuit specifically identifies the defendants in the case as Mike Prock, Director of Schools; Rita Meador, Supervisor; and Macon County School Board members.
Information provided by the clerk stated that the lawsuit was filed on December 27, 2002, in the Northeast Section of the district. The case is being considered a job discrimination lawsuit and has been assigned the case number C2:02CV00105. The clerk further stated that as of the phone interview on Monday afternoon, January 6, at 2:30 p.m., there was no indication in his office that any of the defendants had been served. His computer listed the case as having "no service".
Earlier in the day, in a phone interview, Director of Schools Mike Prock stated that his attorney, Chuck Caigle with the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents, had requested that all questions be referred to him.
A message left at Caigle's office was not returned as of Monday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. Additional inquires will be made to Caigle's office during the next week.
According to information provided on the lawsuit, Cadle alleges that because of the plaintiff's sex, the defendant retaliated against the plaintiff for having filed a charge of discrimination. The lawsuit details incidents reported to have happened between August 17, 2001, and the present time. Among the circumstances listed in the lawsuit are allowing sexually explicit and ethnic jokes to be passed out during required in-service and sexually explicit jokes being posted in the ladies' restroom at the Central Office.
As with all lawsuits filed, the Macon County Times will not print information until the filing of the lawsuit has been confirmed by an officer of the court. While most information received from individuals is accurate, speaking with an officer of the court allows the story to be checked and to make sure that the facts are accurate.
This newspaper's attempts to speak with the Cadles were unsuccessful.