University Must Defend Itself on Retaliation Charge

May 26, 2015

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore to defend itself on charges that it retaliated against a female police officer because she accused a colleague of sexually harassing her. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit partially overturned a lower court's decision dismissing all charges brought against the university by Iris Turner, who alleged that administrators dismissed her in 2007 after she complained repeatedly (formally and otherwise) about a male officer's groping and suggestive comments. The Fourth Circuit panel said that a reasonable jury could conclude that Maryland-Eastern Shore fired her because of the complaints, and that Turner should have a chance to make that case.

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