A fired Rutgers University employee has filed a lawsuit accusing its women's college dean of having a bias against lesbians.
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Laura Federico, who is a lesbian, claims she was fired from her public relations job last year because Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt doesn't like lesbians and felt “women who had men behind them were stronger and better employees.”
The Home News Tribune reports Rutgers in court papers denies Litt harassed Federico. The school says she was let go because she failed to meet deadlines and that her work needed revisions and reworking.
Litt was appointed dean in 2010 and earned $176,000 last year, according to the paper.
This is the latest in a string of controversies at the State University of New Jersey. The school's athletic director resigned following the firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice after video surfaced of Rice berating players. The school then caught heat after accusations that new AD Julie Hermann berated players while coaching volleyball at Tennessee in the 1990s.