Southern California University charged with discrimination in federal employment lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Chapman University of discrimination, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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Chapman University, which is located in Orange, California, is accused of denying tenure to a black professor because of race. The University later fired the woman.

The lawsuit claims the private Southern California university denied tenure in 2006 to the business school’s only black faculty member, who was highly regarded by colleagues. The woman was fired in 2008.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit accuses the university of promoting professors with worse performance. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and a court order prohibiting future acts of employment discrimination by the university.

The OC Weekly reports that the professor was hired by the Chapman Argyros School of Business in 2001 and applied for tenure and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor in 2006. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges she did not advance because of her race. It states she was the only black faculty member in a department of about 30 people.

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