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Lawsuit Accuses Rutgers Dean of Bias against Lesbian Employee

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Rutgers University is at the center of a lawsuit that has been filed by a former employee, who claims that its women's college dean has a bias against lesbians.

The lawsuit has been filed by Laura Federico, a former employee of the Douglass Residential College, and names the Dean of the college Jacquelyn Lytt and Rutgers University. According to Federico, she was let go of her job last year because she was a lesbian. At the time of being terminated, Federico worked as a senior level public relations official at the university.

According to the lawsuit, she lost her job because Lytt does not like lesbians and believes that women, who have men in their lives, proved to be better employees. According to the wrongful termination lawsuit, she was subjected to harassment because of her sexual orientation. The discrimination lawsuit was filed in January and according to the lawsuit, Federico was warned by colleagues that Lytt did not have any respect for lesbians. Her colleagues in the office also warned her that other employees, who had been open about their sexual orientation, had been forced to resign, or transferred.

Rutgers University insists that Federico's sexual orientation was not the reason why she was fired from her job. According to the university's response to the lawsuit, she was fired because she constantly failed to keep up with deadlines. Rutgers also says that her work frequently required a lot of revisions, and that she failed job evaluations, which is the main reason for her termination.

The case is drawing a lot of national attention because Jacquelyn Lytt is a distinguished women's studies scholar, who has done award-winning work on gender studies previously at the Ohio State University and other institutions.

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