An N.C. Central University employee filed a discrimination action Tuesday against the campus and the UNC Board of Governors.
The complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was filed by a business school assistant dean, who is white.
At a news conference Tuesday, the employee’s lawyers, Laura Noble and Nicholas Sanservino Jr., did not name their client except to say it’s a woman. The complaint said she suffered race discrimination and violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The employee was told she would be better off working at a majority white institution and was falsely told students did not want to work with a white person, according to the complaint. NCCU is a historically black university.
It is the fourth recent discrimination complaint related to NCCU. Noble, the attorney in the cases, said her firm had received “an outpouring” of similar stories from former and current employees and students – people of all races. The evidence, she said, indicates a systemic problem of race discrimination that the university has failed to address.
NCCU officials have vowed to fight the allegations. Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, who is named in one of the lawsuits, last week called the lawsuits hurtful and malicious attacks.