Discrimination Lawsuit Against TCC Will Proceed

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March 13, 2012

"A federal judge denied a motion from Tarrant County College to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former adjunct professor who alleges that administrators prevented her from interviewing for a full-time teaching position because they believed she was a lesbian...

"Kenneth Upton, chief supervising attorney for Lambda Legal's south central office in Dallas, who is representing Gill, said this week's ruling is significant because the court did not grant the college 'qualified immunity from being sued...

"'The government doesn't get to play by private employment rules,' Upton said. 'In his order, the judge said that the law has been clearly established that the government can't discriminate against one's sexual orientation.

"That is a big deal because there are a lot of states that believe they can fire gays. That is the reason why we brought forth the case is because we wanted a court in Texas to say that.'"

Read more in StarTelegram.com.