Former ECU Professor Files Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination

A former East Carolina University criminal justice professor has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was victim of discrimination because she is a woman.

The lawsuit says Dr. Elizabeth Marsal was a tenure track assistant professor until she took leave in 2007 to give birth to her son. During that leave, the university began considering her for a tenure position.

The suit says because her tenure was in question, Marsal was told she had seven days to write extensive narratives to the college dean. The suit says since Marsal was on medical leave, that violated the Family Medical Leave Act.

Marsal also claims she received an annual evaluation in 2008 and received low scores because she was out on maternity leave.

At last check, the university said it hasn't yet been served with the lawsuit.

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