In mid-October, Duquesne University became the target of another discrimination lawsuit when law professor Kellen McClendon filed a lawsuit against Duquesne University, President Charles Dougherty and Provost Ralph Pearson.
McClendon alleges that he was subjected to racial discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment. He claims that Pearson and Dougherty ignored his application for the position of law school dean in 2004.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mr. McClendon said that he learned about two weeks later from Dr. Pearson that he would not be given an interview for the position, in a 4-3 vote of the search committee.
However, the next day, Mr. McClendon learned from another member of the committee that Dr. Pearson said “he voted against giving [him] an initial interview because he did not want to advance a ‘token’ for further consideration.”
Mr. McClendon claims he asked Dr. Pearson about the remark, which he consistently denied until March 20, 2009, when he said Dr. Pearson admitted making the comment at a law school faculty meeting.
A Duquesne spokesperson said the university denies the allegations. McClendon is the third Duquesne University law professor to file a discrimination lawsuit against the university.