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Lawsuit claims SU didn't take action after former high-ranking executive accused of harassment

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 September 13, 2019 9:36 AM September 13, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Documents filed in federal court show that the Board of Supervisors for Southern University is named in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, is related to allegations of sexual harassment against former Chancellor-Dean of Southern Ag Center Bobby Phills.

Phills resigned earlier this year amid a series of Investigative Unit reports, but the university said it planned to bring him back in a tenured administrative position for the fall. Documents show that the complainant, Alice Dyson, began working at SU in 2003 as an administrative assistant. She reported directly to Phills.

The lawsuit claims that "Phills made a number of inappropriate and lewd comments to Ms. Dyson beginning in the fall of 2016, creating a hostile work environment permeated with sexual harassment." 

The suit also claims Phills took retaliation actions against Dyson, and SU did nothing to address that issue.

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