13 Professors File Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Gordon College Group of Educators Seeking $15 Million

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MACON, Ga. -- A group of 13 current and former professors has filed a lawsuit against Gordon College, its president, the Georgia Board of Regents and three faculty members accusing them of sexual discrimination.

The complaint, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Macon, seeks $15 million in damages, contending the school had "an unspoken mandate that females must behave in a submissive and docile manner."

The suit accuses Gordon College President Jerry Williamson, one of the defendants, of following "a course of conduct designed to discriminate against the female employees," and created "an atmosphere of fear and intimidation at Gordon College" for male employees who stood up for the women.

Documents filed with the suit allege nearly two decades of gender bias at the two-year school in Barnesville, northwest of Macon.

"The allegations will be answered in our response. I have been advised not to comment," Williamson said.

The suit also alleges that the Board of Regents ignored years of faculty complaints, as well as grievances filed in 1989 by at least 18 professors. Those allegations include charges of sexual and racial discrimination, misuse of equipment purchased with federal grant funds and labor law violations. …

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