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Lawyers Fees Ordered

Fresno, CA: (Mar-24-08) In a recent development in the Stacy Johnson-Klein discrimination lawsuit against California State University, a judge decreed that the attorneys who represented the former Fresno State women's basketball coach must be awarded $2.5 million, which will be above the amount that was awarded to the plaintiff. Johnson-Klein had filed suit alleging that she faced gender discrimination during her employment with Fresno State.

Records show that a jury originally awarded Stacy Johnson-Klein $19.1 million for discrimination and unlawful termination in December 2007, but a judge later reduced that amount to $6.62 million. The revised award still didn't include an estimate of her attorney's fees, which a judge this week said would come to a total of $2.5 million. University spokespersons stated that they were appealing the case and hoped to get the overall award reduced or get the verdict overturned completely. Legal counsel for the coach have also filed suit following that decision. [FRESNO BEE: JUDGE: CSU MUST PAY LAWYERS $2.5 MILLION IN DISCRIMINATION CASE]

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Published on Mar-26-08


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I was terminated after 3 years of constant discrimination, harassment and retaliation all of which I have documentation. I requested a copy of my working file and discovered administrators placed fraudulent documents as well as digitally forging my signature on the document. If there are positions available they are required to choose in-house candidates first before outside candidates. I have 20 years experience and was denied 4 opportunities transfer by the administrators. I tried to remove myself from the department which was toxic. I have been discriminated by my age and sexual orientation. The administrators accused me of several misdeeds which I was cleared but made me very aware of targeting. When I discovered money missing from the safe I went to the security cameras to see where the money went. I discovered a co-worker who is a favorite took it. I recorded the portion of the security footage with my phone to prevent getting accused of stealing myself. When the co-worker discovered I recorded the theft he and my supervisor went to tell administrators. They accused me of taking the footage in order to set up the perpetrator who took the money with the police department. I didn't report the incident to anyone because of the history of targeting. One of the administrators was interviewed and said he saw something white in his hand as he went around the corner. Yes it was the envelope with the money inside. This coworker has been in charge of lost and found for years with multiple things missing. I have never gotten into trouble at work. Never verbally, written up or any other legitimate reprimand. Each instance that was incorrect I contacted my union representative to document the issue.


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