Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former UAB President Charges Age, Sex Bias in Lawsuit

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former UAB President Charges Age, Sex Bias in Lawsuit

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BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Former University of Alabama at Birmingham President W. Ann Reynolds has sued the UA System board of trustees, charging she was ousted from her job because of her age and sex, and demanded back pay, compensatory damages and reinstatement.

Reynolds reluctantly agreed to step down in 2001 (see Black Issues, Oct. 25, 2001). She now is a professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UAB with a salary of $86,549 a year.

The suit says Reynolds was summoned to meet with then-system Chancellor Thomas Meredith and board President Sid McDonald in August 2001, "where she was told, at age 63, that she should announce her retirement within a few days."

The lawsuit says Dr. Frank Franz, president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is two months older than Reynolds but has not been asked to retire.

The suit alleges that Meredith "did not want to continue to have to deal with a forceful woman."

University of Alabama spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart issued a statement saying, "The university denies Dr. Reynolds' allegations that it has discriminated against her in any way and will vigorously defend itself against her claims. …

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