Legal experts say she may have a case. KNBC's Gordon Tokumatsu reports.
An Oxnard teacher fired for being in a pornographic video before she was hired is fighting back.
Stacie Halas, 32, had taught science at Richard B Haydock Intermediate School since 2009, and prior to her employment she appeared in adult movies.
School board trustees decided on Wednesday to fire Halas. She had been on paid administrative leave since her porn acting surfaced last month. Halas has 30 days to appeal the decision by requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge.
"She does have an argument," said Royal Oakes, NBC4 legal analyst.
Oakes said Halas’ case is unusual, but her attorney, who did not return calls made by NBC4 news on Monday, may be building the case based on precedence outside the state.
"The idea that the school should be policing your past is something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable," Oakes said.
Sean Loftis is a substitute teacher in Miami Beach who starred in gay porn and, like Halas, he was fired based on the school’s code of ethics. After months of public discussion, the school board has cleared him to pursue his teaching certificate again.
Oaks said Loftis’ case will likely be cited as Halas works to defend her name and teaching record in Oxnard.
"It can have a lot of heft if you have a very similar case in Florida where a teacher won and here there’s no real California law on the issue," Oaks said.
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