Ruling Revives Professor’s Discrimination Suit Against U of Missouri

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Friday, October 26, 2012

A gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri was resurrected yesterday when Missouri's Western District Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment entered by Boone County Circuit Judge Jodie Asel last year.

Loreen Olson's lawsuit against MU and Michael O'Brien, dean of the College of Arts and Science, "is alive," her attorney, George Smith, said. "All parts of the case are alive."

Olson sued in September 2010, several months after O'Brien withdrew her appointment as chairwoman of the communications department.

Last fall, Asel sided with UM attorneys when she ruled that Olson did not actually have a contract to become chairwoman, a partial summary judgment that essentially negated the rest of her lawsuit claiming a breach of contract.

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