The GAE member was an exemplary special education teacher with Brooks County Schools. During February-April 2019, Kristie Hilton took several approved leaves of absence including medical leave due to being pregnant and miscarrying. Shortly after returning to work, Ms. Hilton was escorted off the school grounds, was not allowed to say goodbye to her students, or finish the school year. Her crime? “Chronic absenteeism.” The GAE lawsuit alleges the school district violated the Ms. Hilton’s rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, breach of contract and due process rights. Read the lawsuit here.