U. of Houston system charged with retaliation

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 22, 2015

HOUSTON -- A Huntsville woman is suing the University of Houston system, alleging retaliation in a hiring situation.

Audrey K. Miller filed a lawsuit Oct. 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the University of Houston system and University of Houston-Downtown, alleging retaliation.

According to the complaint, when Miller, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, was denied tenure at one Texas university, she applied for another job at the University of Houston-Downtown. In the course of the interview, the plaintiff told the defendant she had a legal issue with her previous employer, specifically complaints about sex discrimination. 

Although the hiring committee chair assured Miller that she understood the situation and would be careful to avoid any information regarding the legal issues, the lawsuit says the committee didn't abide by that. 

Miller alleges that even though the committee selected her for an employment offer, she ultimately did not get the offer after the university contacted her previous supervisor, whom she had complained of sex discrimination, even though the university did not contact the previous supervisors of other job candidates.

Miller seeks a trial by jury, back pay and, if she is not reinstated, front pay for lost income and benefits, compensatory damages, court costs and attorney fees. 

She is represented by attorneys Terrence B. Robinson and Mina Madani Banerjee of TB Robinson Law Group, PLLC.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:15-cv-02927.

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