Happy weekend before finals to many college students (Me included). Remember, we are here to expand our minds (hopefully), so enjoy a cute collage on books and breaking free!
I believe in all of you! We can do this!
A former professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University won more than a million dollars in a discrimination case that has been developing since 2011.
Rachel Tudor says that she was denied tenure, limited to a single restroom on campus, and discriminated against in other ways at work for being transgender. The case has been a legal roller coaster (click above to learn more of the details) since it has developed over both the Obama and Trump administrations. But ultimately, Tudor was awarded $1,165,000 by a jury.
The decision was unusual because jury victories for transgender plaintiffs who make federal discrimination claims are exceedingly rare — and due to the Justice Department’s shifting role in the lawsuit.
“I’m thrilled that Dr. Tudor has finally achieved some justice,” Jillian T. Weiss, an attorney who’d represented Tudor in one portion of the lawsuit, told BuzzFeed News on Monday. “But it’s unfortunate that it took so many years of her life and caused her so much pain.”
In its verdict form, the jury in US District Court in Western Oklahoma found Tudor had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that she was denied tenure because of her gender, and denied a chance to re-apply due to her past complaints about workplace discrimination. The jury, however, did not affirm her allegations of a hostile work environment.
Congratulations, Professor. May you continue to have a fulfilling teaching career, unmarred by others’ bigotry.