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FIU loses discrimination suit

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A Miami-Dade County jury ruled that Florida International University (FIU) discriminated against Sean St. Louis when it fired him in 2004.

The lawsuit claimed that St. Louis, who was hired in 1997 as an assistant controller of contracts, was performing above expectations when the university decided to lay off workers in his department and force them to reapply for their jobs. The university didn’t rehire St. Louis and five other black employees.

If the verdict stands, an already cash-strapped FIU will have to pay $2.5 million to St. Louis. A lawsuit by the other five employees heads to court later this year.

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