EEOC Sues Chapman University for Racial Discrimination
September 29, 2010
In recent Orange County, California employment news, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week that it has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chapman University, accusing the university of violating federal law by denying a business professor tenure because of her race.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, Chapman University, of Orange, California, hired the female African-American professor in 2001 for the job of assistant professor of marketing, in the George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics (ASBE). When applying for a tenured position in 2006, the professor reportedly received positive recommendations from colleagues both within the private university and outside, but was denied tenure and a promotion to the position of associate professor. The board of trustees at Chapman also reportedly denied her tenure appeal in June of 2008, and discharged her from the university.
The EEOC claims that during the professor's employment with the university, she was the only African-American faculty member out of around 30 people. Other professors who were not black were reportedly promoted, despite the African-American professor's superior qualifications.
The racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by the EEOC in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, back pay and front pay, and an injunctive relief to stop racial discrimination from happening at the university in the future. The EEOC accuses the university of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 by discriminating against the professor based on her race.
Federal Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Against Black Professor at Chapman, The Orange County Weekly, September 20, 2010
Chapman University Sued For Race Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Press Release, September 20, 2010
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