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Law professor accuses Oklahoma City University of discrimination

BY JAY F. MARKS Published: December 21, 2008
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Conger explained the lack of female or minority panelists by calling the event "meaningless,” the suit states, while Hellman would not distribute an e-mail asking the faculty to be more mindful of diversity when choosing speakers and panel members.

Hellman later dismissed the women’s complaint at a faculty meeting, according to the lawsuit.

He also promised an investigation by an outside attorney into the allegations of sexual and racial discrimination, but the study ended with no report, according to the suit.

While the investigation was stalled, Johnson complained a male law professor was promoted despite publishing nothing that he had written primarily while he was at the law school. Two years earlier, she had been told she could not be promoted under similar circumstances, she said.

She also said she was treated with hostility once male faculty members were told four professors had complained of "sexual and racial discrimination.” It was easy to identify her as a complaining professor because she is one of two black faculty members, the lawsuit states.

Johnson seeks unspecified damages and an injunction keeping OCU from discriminating against her based on her gender or race. has disabled the comments for this article.