A professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center claims in a lawsuit filed late last month that the Dallas medical
education and biomedical research institution subjected her to age and sex
Ellen S. Vitetta’s suit accuses UTSW of commit acts the
professor of immunology, who court papers state is 74 years old, explains put
her research in danger, asserting the plaintiff was the subject of “a
continuing pattern of discrimination” dating back to 2012.
The complaint shows that Vitetta reportedly lost several of
her key tabs in addition to her laboratory space to another doctor. Her salary
was reduced by $50,000 on grounds that she had no funding, and her staff was
terminated while she waited for news on a new grant, the original petition
According to the suit: “Dr. Vitetta was then forced to put
her research on hold, because she had no trained staff, and it became uncertain
how she would preserve her lab until she heard about her new grant.”
Vitetta further asserts that despite securing her new grant
and protecting her continued funding, UTSW put her research in jeopardy by
refusing to provide her with proper lab space.
“Instead, UTSW has instead spread her work out over seven
different “spaces,” some of which are not even in the same building,” the suit
Vitetta believes the respondent is “willing to go to try and
force her to retire.”
Consequently, she seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Attorney Walter L. Taylor of the Taylor Law Firm in Fort
Worth is representing the plaintiff.
Dallas County 101st District Court Case No. DC-16-09146