Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Savannah Law Prof Lawsuit Alleges Her Termination Was Due To Age/Gender/Disability Bias, Not Poor Teaching

SavannahFollowing up on my previous posts (links below):, Savannah Law Prof Alleges Age Bias in Suit Against School:

A former professor at the soon-to-be-closed Savannah Law School has sued the institution and its dean and owner, alleging her 2017 termination was based on her age, gender and her cancer treatments.

Maggie Tsavaris filed suit on May 25 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, claiming she was unlawfully fired from her tenure-track position to make way for younger faculty members. She claims that, at 60 years old, she was the oldest women faculty member at Savannah when she was terminated. She alleges that Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School—which operates Savannah as a branch campus—also has a history of employment discrimination against minority women and legal writing instructors. (Tsavaris is white.) ...

According to her suit, Tsavaris was hired to teach legal writing at Savannah in 2013 after teaching as an adjunct and visiting professor at several other law schools. Prior to the school year, however, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery. She was reappointed for each of the next three years and was selected by the Class of 2017 to deliver a speech at graduation, the suit says. But Dean Malcom Morris in January 2017 informed her that the school was terminating her employment at the end of the academic year due to subpar teaching. ...

“Defendant Morris singled out Ms. Tsavaris, an age-protected, disabled, white female professor, before she could apply for the tenure for which she worked very hard, for termination for pretextual reasons that her teaching was not up to par and her student evaluations were purportedly confirmation of that,” reads the complaint.

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