SHERMAN — A Denton woman is suing Texas Woman's University and administrators, alleging breach of contract and deprivation of due process.

Nanette Cooper filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Texas Woman's University, Lewis Benavides, associate vice president of human resources, Bob Mabry, Dr. Abigail Tilton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Carine M. Feyten, president and chancellor, alleging violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 20, Cooper was terminated from her employment as a research associate at Texas Woman's University without any explanation. A week prior to this, the suit says, she was suspended for reasons that remain unclear. 

As a result of such deprivation, the lawsuit states, Cooper has been damaged financially and professionally. The plaintiff alleges the defendants deprived her of her right to be heard before an impartial tribunal, failed to provide reasons for her termination and wrongfully took control of her personal property.

Cooper seeks trial by jury, compensation for all damages, litigation expenses and costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and all other relief to which she is entitled. She is represented by attorney Frank Hill of Hill Gilstrap PC in Arlington.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-00860

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