Appellant filed suit for claims relating to his termination after he testified in a sexual harassment case brought by female employees against the then-university president, who was terminated two years later. Following a reorganization plan by the interim president based on budget concerns, the appellant was terminated. The district court properly granted the university's motion for judgment as matter of law given the two-year lapse between the appellant's testimony in the prior litigation and the board's reorganization and the appellant's failure to rebut the university's claim that he was terminated because of budget issues. Contrary to appellant's argument, the district court did not base its holding on any qualified immunity claims made by the university. The district court's grant of judgment is affirmed as a matter of law.
Shelton v. Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
July 2, 2013