FSU Board of Trustees in Hot Water Over Discrimination Lawsuit
A former employee at Florida State University’s College of Medicine is suing the FSU Board of Trustees, alleging sexual harassment by a coworker, discrimination against black students seeking admission, and retaliation for filing complaints.
The woman filed a lawsuit on September 11th in Leon County court.
The woman was an Academic Program Specialist at the FSU College of Medicine Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Her lawsuit alleges that a supervisor made a sexually explicit comment to her in February 2016. She reported the comment to her staff Title IX liaison, who contacted the department chair, according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges no action was taken to resolve the issue and the work environment became hostile and extremely stressful for the woman.
She says she later spoke out about a second inappropriate comment by the supervisor, and complained about refusal to consider black students seeking admission to the College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences.
She says her supervisors further retaliated by demoting her, taking away her privileges and responsibilities, and ultimately firing her.
The suit seeks damages of more than $15,000 and asks that the woman be reinstated to her job. It seeks a jury trial.
FSU General Counsel Carolyn Egan said in a statement, “An independent external investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing. We have every reason to believe the court will reach the same conclusion.”
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