Tenured professor sues college after contract isn't renewed

By Melody Dareing | May 1, 2014

A woman is suing a college after her contract was not renewed with her, alleging the decision was made because of race.

Dorothy Jones filed a lawsuit April 14 in the Galveston District Court against College of the Mainland, citing human rights violations, specifically race and age discrimination, and retaliatory firing. 

The lawsuit states Jones worked at the college for 22 years beginning in 1990 and until she was fired in August 2012. She began as a business teacher and editor of the college magazine, became a tenured professor in 1994 and worked in administrative positions during the past eight years. At the time of her termination, Jones was director of Leadership and Organizational Development and director of the grant funded program the North America Mobility Program.

According to the suit, in 2011, Jones began discussing her concerns with NAACP members regarding situations at the college she felt were racially motivated. She says she encouraged other members to attend college meetings and voice concerns.

The suit says Jones was not selected in the re-accreditation process for the Southern Association Accreditation Board and was not selected for the Dean of General Education Programs position. She found out April 30, 2012, her contract for the next fall would not be renewed, the suit claims.

Jones is seeking damages that compensate her for loss of income, humiliation and embarrassment, damage to her credibility and harm to future employment and exemplary damages to punish the college for engaging in unlawful practices.

She is being represented by Gregg M. Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Sprovach in Houston.

Galveston District Court Case No. 14-CV-0434

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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