Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Professors Win $2 Million Harassment Suit against Cheyney

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Professors Win $2 Million Harassment Suit against Cheyney

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PHILADELPHIA - Historically Black Cheyney University must pay two former White professors more than $2 million for forcing them out of their tenured jobs after they opposed the hiring of a Black professor, a federal jury has ruled.

Fred Gentner and Robert Stevenson were both members of what was called the Allied Health and Science Department when it launched a campaign in 1991 to hire more professors. Gentner and Stevenson voiced opposition to a scoring system that they felt enhanced the chances of a less qualified minority being hired over a more qualified White applicant.

The search process was aborted and changed several times, until department chairman Eugene Jones decided to hire a Black adjunct professor whom the lawsuit alleged was unqualified. Gentner and Stevenson again voiced their opposition and that's when the retaliation became unbearable, according to Mark Frost, an attorney representing the professors The jury decided that university employees had accused Gentner and Stevenson of missing classes, using racist remarks, and sexually harassing a female professor. …

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