A federal judge has dismissed a breach of contract and wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law who was denied tenure.
Stephanie Brown accused law school officials of violating the faculty handbook in denying her tenure and firing her based on her race and sex. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon denied Brown’s request for a preliminary injunction in August and on January 30 granted the school’s motion to dismiss.
Leon said that the handbook wasn’t considered a binding contract under the law but that in any event the school had followed procedures laid down there. He added that Brown failed to present concrete evidence that she had been discriminated against as a black woman.
Religious Job Dispute Case Dismissed
A New York trial judge has dismissed a wrongful termination suit filed by a United Methodist Church agency employee, holding that adjudicating the dispute would require him to violate the First Amendment by interpreting the denomination’s religious code of conduct.
New York County, N.Y., Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos’ ruling examined the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, which held that religious institutions’ choice of religious leaders is exempt from federal discrimination laws.
Ramos said that not only was he constitutionally barred from adjudicating the case, but that even if he weren’t, the plaintiff, W. Douglas Mills, had failed to state a claim because he had not shown that he had a contract with his employer.