Saturday, October 26, 2013

LCSC, State of Idaho Settle With Instructor Over Discrimination Suit

Posted By on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A former Lewis-Clark State College business division instructor has settled with the college and received $75,000 from LCSC and $75,000 from the Idaho risk management management program, after claiming LCSC "unlawfully retaliated" against her for opposing discriminatory conduct.

Dr. Leslie Rist, who began working as a lecturer in the college's business division in 2006, claimed 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."

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

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that LCSC denied most of the claims in the lawsuit, but settled with the former instructor.

Each of the parties are prohibited by the terms of the settlement from disclosing the details, but the Tribune revealed the settlement through a public record request from the Idaho Department of Administration.

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