Civil Suit Filed Against U Of Southern Mississippi

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A former University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has brought numerous civil claims against the university, asking for reinstatement and unspecified actual and compensatory damages in a lawsuit removed to U.S. District Court.

Bonnie Gerald also lists former university President Martha Saunders, former Provost Robert Lyman, and faculty members Kathy Yadrick and Mike Forster in her lawsuit.

The suit, initially filed in Forrest County Circuit Court, alleges violation of federal law prohibiting discrimination against the disabled and injured, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, several tort claims and express contract violation among others.

The complaint states that Gerald was "enticed" to leave her tenured position at Louisiana Tech in 2007 for an assistant professor position in the USM Department of Nutrition and Food Systems.

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