Texas law school professor alleges age and gender bias

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Rosanne Piatt, an instructor at St. Mary’s University School of Law, recently filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division. She claims the university discriminated against her on the basis of her age and gender.

A year ago, St. Mary’s University notified Piatt that her contract would terminate at the end of the 2008-09 academic year.

Piatt, who has been a full-time instructor at the San Antonio law school since 1999, alleged that a younger, less-experienced instructor was moved to a long-term contract. She also alleged that the school retained a male instructor with less seniority and has hired less-qualified males on tenure track.

According to Piatt, St. Mary’s may have decided not to renew her contract in retaliation for her husband’s charge of discrimination against the school in 2007. Bill Piatt, who was formerly dean of the law school, filed a charge with the EEOC arguing that St. Mary’s law school removed him as dean and from his position as a professor “because he had opposed discrimination against St. Mary’s University female African-American faculty members and prospective faculty members, and he opposed discrimination against minority students and applicants.”

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