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Bishop State Community College

Mobile, AL: (Jul-19-07) Sara Taylor, who is white, brought a lawsuit against Bishop State Community College in 2002, alleging that she was fired because of discriminatory policies followed by college officials. She argued that the school's president, state Rep. Yvonne Kennedy, D-Mobile, terminated her to make room for a black instructor who had once served as a page on Kennedy's legislative staff.

In a settlement reached, the jury sided with Taylor, awarding her $300,000. The jury's verdict was made final in April 2007, and in June 2007, gave the school 14 days to rehire Taylor. College attorneys claimed that a settlement allowing Taylor to get her old job back would require the school to fire another history instructor. As part of the deal, since Taylor starts Aug. 1, 2007, the beginning of a new academic year, Bishop State officials agreed to add a new position to the department. [PRESS REGISTER: INSTRUCTOR DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Jul-22-07


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