Attorneys for J.C. Eaglesmith and the Plumas Unified School District are completing the terms of a settlement agreement in a federal racial discrimination lawsuit, canceling the need for a jury trial scheduled Monday, said Peter Haberfeld, Eaglesmith's lawyer.
The agreement, reached tentatively in a settlement conference held last month before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire, must be approved by the Plumas school board and the district's insurance company, Haberfeld said.
Eaglesmith, an American Indian teacher and coach, filed the federal lawsuit after he was fired as Quincy High School varsity basketball coach, a position he initially held for three years starting in 2004 and again during the 2009-10 school year.
He claimed school officials intentionally discriminated against him because he is an American Indian. Eaglesmith also claimed school and district administrators retaliated against him for complaining about an array of racist treatment.
In addition to the district, defendants named in the lawsuit are Sue Segura, Quincy High School principal, and Jeffrey Ray, Quincy athletic director.
A spokeswoman for Plumas District Superintendent Micheline Miglis declined to comment, citing a gag order in the case.
The jury trial was scheduled after an October hearing before U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez on the school district's motion to dismiss the case.
A final settlement agreement is expected in June, Haberfeld said.