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Case Style: Jacqueline Weatherly v. Alabama State University
Case Number: 2:10-cv-00192-WHA -TFM
Judge: W. Harold Albritton, III
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Plaintiff's Attorney: Candis Annette McGowan, Monica L Arrington and Joseph L Fitzpatrick , Jr.
Defendant's Attorney: Frederic Allen Bolling, Kenneth Thomas, Henry Lewis Gillis, John Mark Englehart and Richele Tyus Harris
Description: Cynthia Williams, Jacqueline Weatherly and Lydia Burhalter sued Alabama State University on civil rights violation theories claiming that Defendant allowed an administrator to create a hostile work environments by racially and sexually harassing three female employees and that they were retaliated against after they filed complaints. Plaintiff claimed that Lavonette Bartley, as ASU employee for about 27 years, created a racially hostile environment for the Plaintiffs by using inappropriate language and otherwise acting inappropriately toward them.
Defendant denied wrongdoing. It claimed that it maintains an equal opportunity environment committed to our founding principles of excellence and equality in higher education and has strong policies and procedures in place to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any individual. We will continue to ensure that all of our employees are guaranteed equal protection, not only to the letter of the law, but also to our higher expectations.
Outcome: Plaintiffs' verdict for more than $1 million including Weatherly $350,000; Burkhalter $230,000; and Williams $213,500 for emotional pain and mental anguish. Jurors also awarded Williams $141,573.76 and Burkhalter $94,592.51 in back pay and Weatherly $9,453.06 in lost leave time.