Third lawsuit filed against Pacific University by ex-employee
Another former employee has filed a lawsuit against Washington County-based Pacific University.
Fallon Hughes, who formerly worked at the private university's school of pharmacy, is the third person to file a lawsuit recently against Pacific. She filed her federal lawsuit July 2.
Last month, former biology professor David Scholnick sued Pacific, alleging the university forced him out by leveling allegations of gender bias at him. A few weeks earlier, professor Richard Paxton filed suit against Pacific University, alleging he was suspended for more than a year, over allegations he had violated "the civil rights of his students" with anecdotes and comments he made in class. Paxton claims he has effectively been fired from Pacific — a claim the university has denied.
Like in the other two lawsuits, Hughes states she was discriminated against and forced out by the school.
Hughes began working in Pacific's school of pharmacy in 2018 as the coordinator for experiential compliance. During that time, Hughes was assigned to be a "staff representative" for a survey in her department. In that role, she and another employee wrote survey questions and emailed them to department staff to answer.
According to the lawsuit, the employee responses to the survey, which went out in September 2018, included "allegations of sexism and racism," as well as "illegal employment practices, such as not getting lunch or rest breaks."
Hughes herself also alleged she experienced sexism in her department, according to court documents.
Editor's note: Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group. Read the full story on OPB's website. Reporting by Christian Wihtol of The Lund Report, another news partner of Pamplin Media Group, is also cited in OPB's full story.
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