Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AP: Former LCSC Instructor Wants Job Back, Half-Million in Discrimination Suit

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Saying she was a victim of discrimination, a former tenure-track lecturer has filed a federal lawsuit against Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, claiming that LCSC "unlawfully retaliated" against her for opposing unlawful discriminatory conduct.

The Associated Press reports that Dr. Leslie Rist, who began working as a lecturer in the college's business division in 2006, claims that her problems began around the same time her husband wrote a letter to a lawmaker complaining about the use of public funds to pay for a staff golf retreat. Rist said her department head "became hostile with her and pulled some of her classes for the semester," according to the AP.

Additionally, Rist claims that two female students contacted her to say they had been sexually harassed by a male member of the faculty, but when Rist forwarded the allegations to LCSC's human resources office, "the school didn't take any action." Ultimately, Rist's employment contract was not renewed.

Rist filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court earlier this month, asking that her job be reinstated and she be awarded $500,000 in damages.

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