UT Must Face Research Scientist's Discrimination Claim

Law360 (September 29, 2020, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate panel has largely agreed with a trial judge that a renowned immunology professor can pursue claims that the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas cut her salary and closed her labs because of her age and sex.

The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas on Monday rejected almost all of the university's arguments for immunity from the discrimination claims levied by Ellen S. Vitetta, 78, who says the school violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

But the panel found that Vitetta failed to sufficiently allege that 2015 cuts to her lab space and staff were retaliatory. According...

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