University Pays $450,000 To Settle Age Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit
The University of Louisiana ("ULM"), will pay $450,000 to settle an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of former professor and dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Van McGraw. According to the lawsuit McGraw alleges the university rejected him for employment repeatedly because of his age, and because he had filed an earlier age discrimination lawsuit against the university.
The lawsuit alleges the University violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). McGraw had previously worked for the university for 37 years and retired in1989 as dean of the College of Business Administration. After retiring he was immediately rehired as a professor in the Department of Management and Marketing. ULM terminated McGraw in 1996 under a then-new board policy regarding the reemployment of retirees.