For the fourth time in the past year and a half, a Penn State professor has filed a federal discrimination case.
The latest case involves Constance Matthews, a former assistant professor in the College of Education who claims she was passed over for promotions and tenure because of her gender, her open homosexuality or advocacy for sexual minorities.
The university recently settled one discrimination suit, but now has three more pending in federal courts. And it just settled a civil suit alleging anti-lesbian bias by women’s basketball coach Renee Portland.
In an unusual and unprecedented move, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission plans to review complaints against Penn State to see if a pattern of discrimination exists.