Cynthia Williams, Jacqueline Weatherly, and Lydia Burhalter alleged that they were subjected to a racially and sexually hostile work environment by John F. Knight Jr., the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Alabama State University and an Alabama state legislator, and Lavonette Bartley.
Burkhalter alleged that Knight made sexual advances toward her. The women also alleged that Bartley created a hostile work environment by frequently using offensive racial and sexual language, and making sexually suggestive comments towards the women.
The claimed that they were retaliated against, and two of them were terminated, after they complained about the alleged discrimination.
Alabama attorney Candis A. McGowan from the law firm Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC represented the three former employees in their lawsuit against Alabama State University.