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4th Employee Lawsuit Against Collin College

July 29, 2022

Another former employee has sued Collin College, charging multiple college leaders discriminated against her based on her race and gender, created a hostile work environment, and retaliated against her, The Texas Tribune reported.

The lawsuit, filed by Swee Lian Wee, is the fourth suit brought against the community college over the past year.

Wee, who worked as the college’s director of continuing education starting in 2016 after serving as a professor for four years, applied in 2019 for a newly created position called executive dean of continuing education. She charges in the suit that Provost Bill King, her direct supervisor, rejected her application, telling her the college sought to hire someone “who would be able to present themselves to C-suite executives” and who had a doctorate. The college then hired a white woman from Britain who doesn’t have a doctorate, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit said King later sent Wee a list of reasons why he hired the other woman for the job, including that she “was born near London, England.”

A Collin College spokeswoman, Marisela Cadena-Smith, said in a written statement that the college “looks forward to defending the claims in court and is exploring its legal options, including counterclaims, which may be available after further review and assessment.”

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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