MADISON – A teacher fired after posing semi-nude for an online entertainment site in an effort to pull more people to the polls in 2016 has filed a lawsuit against Grove School for "unlawful and retaliatory termination."
The teacher, Chelsy Zelasko, a Madison resident, is a registered Democrat, but was a vocal Donald Trump supporter during his campaign for president in 2016, according to the lawsuit.
In 2016, the website betterthantheweekend.com started a series of interview and photography sessions with people across the country willing to be photographed partially nude and answer a series of questions on topics about which they were passionate.
In October 2016, Zelasko was interviewed and photographed by betterthantheweekend.com. It was published Nov. 1, 2016. The title of the interview and photos was "Female Trump Supporter Gets Naked to Make America Great Again," the lawsuit said.
In the images, the lawsuit states, Zelasko poses "partially nude … covering her private areas with either American flags or firearms."
Within days of the interview and photos being published, it had showed up on local news throughout the region.
On April 3, Peter Chorney, executive director to Zelasko at the school, called her and said the interview and photos had been brought to his attention. The lawsuit states that Chorney told Zelasko he was concerned about the content of the interview. The lawsuit indicates that Chorney told Zelasko it would be in her best interests to resign from Grove School.
The lawsuit states that Zelasko’s involvement in the betterthantheweekend.com interview, including the photos, were her exercising her free speech rights.
In response to Chorney’s suggestion,…