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Associate professor sues Slippery Rock for discrimination

| Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

An associate professor claims in a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday that Slippery Rock University has repeatedly denied her promotion to full professor since 2001 because of her age and gender.

Sherry DuPont of Mercer County says in the lawsuit that she has taught in the university's Department of Elementary/Early Childhood Education for more than 20 years.

DuPont has been repeatedly recommended for promotion by the department's promotion committee, the department chairman and the dean of the College of Education, but has not been recommended by the university-wide promotion committee since 2002, while younger and male professors in the department were promoted, the lawsuit says.

A Slippery Rock spokesman had no comment. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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