Law instructor Rosanne Platt has filed an EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division lawsuit against her former employer, the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Platt alleges that her contract was not renewed after her husband filed a lawsuit against the San Antonio law school. He had been the school’s dean and alleged that he was removed from that post because he had opposed discrimination against black female faculty members.
That lawsuit was confidentially settled in 2007.
Platt now thinks she is being retaliated against because of her association with her husband.
The federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Texas, makes it difficult to sue for retaliation based on someone else’s protected activity, such as a spouse’s lawsuit. Several other circuits do allow such association-based lawsuits, and this case may clarify whether this will become the law in the 5th Circuit, too.
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