Court records: basketball coach's wrongful termination suit set for jury trial in early 2020

By John Suayan | Jan 7, 2019


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TYLER – A jury trial has been set for a basketball coach’s wrongful termination lawsuit against a historically black liberal arts college in East Texas, Tyler federal court records show.

Per the docket control order entered into the September 2018 suit brought by Akia Stanton, the litigation targeting Jarvis Christian College, Inc. is scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 21, 2020 with U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle presiding.

Stanton served as the head coach of Jarvis’s women’s basketball team from August 2014 to July 2018.

As previously reported in The Southeast Texas Record, she alleges that the school fired her for complaining about sexual harassment. Her suit insinuates her termination was a culmination of unlawful employment practices targeting her.

Originally filed in Lufkin federal court on Sept. 10, 2018, the case was immediately transferred to the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Jarvis formally countered Stanton’s allegations in an original answer submitted on Nov. 14, 2018.

Maurice Owens, Jr. of the law firm Owens Hervey PLLC in Dallas is representing the school.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 6:18-CV-0479

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