A teacher who alleged the P.E.I. Teachers’ Federation didn’t give him proper representation in issues with the French Language School Board has dropped a lawsuit against the union.
Aritho Sylvain Amfoubalela filed a notice of discontinuance earlier this month to end the legal action that he started more than a year ago against the PEITF.
Amfoubalela claimed the federation didn’t file a grievance on his behalf when he was given a non-disciplinary suspension in 2006 after allegations he slapped two male students on the buttocks in a boys’ washroom at École Evangeline. Although he was found guilty a judge overturned Amfoubalela’s conviction and the case wasn’t re-tried.
Amfoubalela also claimed the federation didn’t represent him properly after the school board decided not to renew his contract.
That decision not to renew his contract led to a lengthy human rights hearing over allegations of racism, which ended in a confidential settlement.
More recently Amfoubalela pleaded not guilty to assault and sexual assault. His trial scheduled to start in March.
A second case against the PEITF has ended with a judge ordering costs in the federation’s favour after former teacher Noel Ayangma claimed he didn’t get workplace support with the Eastern School District.
In July, P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice John Mitchell ordered Ayangma to pay $12,500 in costs. Ayangma has since filed an appeal.