SHERMAN – A former music educator with the University of North Texas brought a federal lawsuit against the school for allegedly discriminating against her because she suffers from symptoms of muscular dystrophy.
Lakewood, N.Y., resident Janet Kagarice sued UNT in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas on July 20, claiming the defendant used her disability to keep her from seeking out the position of Associate/Assistant Trombone Professor in its College of Music.
The suit shows Kagarice worked for UNT for approximately 30 years and has amassed a lengthy work history that includes coaching members of the world’s prominent symphonies and orchestras.
UNT purportedly made the position in question available sometime in late 2014 when Kagarice was on bereavement leave. According to the original petition, the respondent neglected to inform her of the job posting.
Though the plaintiff provided documentation to secure consideration for an interview, court papers further state, a search committee elected not to speak with her.
Kagarice insists the search bore improprieties, to which the school refused to address. She and her supporters suffered retaliation in response to her grievances, the suit says.
It adds the complainant was ultimately discharged from her employment.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorneys Robert J. Wiley and Kalandra N. Wheeler of the law firm Rob Wiley, P.C. in Houston are representing Kagarice.
Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0509