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Retaliation For Filing Of Sex Discrimination Suit Nails Employer

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The lawsuit was filed because of gender discrimination. The jury found there was none. But, it found the employer had retaliated against the employee for filing the suit. Result: a $150,000 verdict against the University of Florida. The Gainesville Sun has the details:

Professor awarded $150K in suit vs. UF

After nearly 10 hours of deliberation, a federal jury awarded a music professor $150,000 after it determined that UF had retaliated against the professor for filing the discrimination lawsuit.

Camille Smith, 66, an associate music professor, had sued the University of Florida in federal court for gender discrimination.

As a result of filing the lawsuit, Smith was not given the opportunity to teach summer classes, the jury found.

However, the six-person jury did not agree that Smith was denied promotion or salary increases due to gender discrimination, as she had alleged.

[It was] alleged that the School of Music’s senior male faculty members routinely discriminated against women, resulting in four female professors resigning since 1990, according to court records.